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‘White’ – Sameness

‘White’ from the vantage point of ‘eRacism’ is a life experience of ‘sameness’ buttressed by subordination and domination. “White people” are those persons who live their life as if it has not been colored by difference and or those that persist in trying to negate the impact of difference in their lives and as a determining factor in […]

‘White’ from the vantage point of ‘eRacism’ is a life experience of ‘sameness’ buttressed by subordination and domination. “White people” are those persons who live their life as if it has not been colored by difference and or those that persist in trying to negate the impact of difference in their lives and as a determining factor in relations of power. Sameness is the predictable continuity of ways of being and knowing consistent with the subordination and domination of difference.

eRacism delineates obligations for lives coloured by difference to acquiesce to norms, standards, methods, regulations and most importantly reasoning rooted in the historical sedimentation of voracious efforts to subordinate and dominate specific differences of sex, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith and ethnicity.

eRacism is a specific way of knowing advantages gained and sustained by the domination and subordination of difference toward privileging specific equilibriums (levels of sameness) in social relations of power.


When then-Senator John F. Kerry visited Juba, South Sudan, in 2011, he brought two gifts for Kiir, a white Stetson cowboy hat and a matching black Stetson. As the offerings were presented one of Kerry’s aides quipped, “the white one is for when you are doing good, the black one is for when you’re doing bad.”

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
by James W. Loewen

James Loewen spent two years at the Smithsonian Institute surveying twelve leading high school textbooks of American History. What he found was an embarrassing amalgam of bland optimism, blind patriotism, and misinformation pure and simple, weighing in at an average of four-and-a-half pounds and 888 pages.

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Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).