Over 100 closely edited selections critically examine the notion of whiteness and its relation to social power


Critical White Studies

Looking Behind the Mirror

edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

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Honorable Mention for Outstanding Books Awards, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America, 1997

No longer content with accepting whiteness as the norm, critical scholars have turned their attention to whiteness itself. In Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror, numerous thinkers, including Toni Morrison, Eric Foner, Peggy McIntosh, Andrew Hacker, Ruth Frankenberg, John Howard Griffin, David Roediger, Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Noel Ignatiev, Cherríe Moraga, and Reginald Horsman, attack such questions as:

Science and pseudoscience are presented side by side to demonstrate how our views on whiteness often reflect preconception, not fact. For example, most scientists hold that race is not a valid scientific category—genetic differences between races are insignificant compared to those within them. Yet, the "one drop" rule, whereby those with any nonwhite heritage are classified as nonwhite, persists even today. As The Bell Curve controversy shows, race concepts die hard, especially when power and prestige lie behind them.

A sweeping portrait of the emerging field of whiteness studies, Critical White Studies presents, for the first time, the best work from sociology, law, history, cultural studies, and literature. Delgado and Stefancic expressly offer critical white studies as the next step in critical race theory. In focusing on whiteness, not only do they ask nonwhites to investigate more closely for what it means for others to be white, but also they invite whites to examine themselves more searchingly and to "look behind the mirror."


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Part I: How Whites See Themselves
1. The End of the Great White Male – John R. Graham
2. White Racial Formation: Into the Twenty-First Century – Charles A. Gallagher
3. The Skin We’re In – Christopher Wills
4. The Way of the WASP – Richard Brookkiser
5. Hiring Quotas for White Males Only – Eric Foner
6. Innocence and Affirmative Action – Thomas Ross
7. Doing the White Male Kvetch (A Pale Imitation of a Rag) – Calvin Trillin
8. Growing Up White in America? – Bonnie Kae Grover
9. Growing Up (What) in America? – Jerald N. Marrs
10. White Images of Black Slaves (Is What We See in Others Sometimes a Reflection of
What We Find in Ourselves?) – George Fredrickson
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part II: How Whites See Others
11. The White Race Is Shrinking: Perceptions of Race in Canada and Some Speculations on the Political Economy of Race Classification – Doug Daniels
12. Ignoble Savages – Dinesh D’Souza
13. Darkness Made Visible: Law, Metaphor, and the Racial Self – D. Marvin Jones
14. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination – Toni Morrison
15. Transparently White Subjective Decisionmaking: Fashioning a Legal Remedy – Barbara J. Flagg
16. The Rhetorical Tapestry of Race – Thomas Ross
17. Imposition – Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
18. Racial Reflections: Dialogues in the Direction of Liberation – Derrick A. Bell, Tracy Higgins, and Sung-Hee Suh, Editors
19. The Tower of Babel – Eleanor Marie Brown
20. The Quest for Freedom in the Post-Brown South: Desegregation and White Self-Interest – Davison M. Douglas
21. “Soulmaning”: Using Race for Political and Economic Gain – Luther Wright, Jr.
22. Dysconscious Racism: Ideology, Identity, and Miseducation – Joyce E. King
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part III: Whiteness: History’s Role
23. Race and Manifest Destiny: The Origins of American Racial Anglo-Saxonism – Reginald Horsman
24. The Invention of Race: Rereading White Over Black – James Campbell and James Oakes
25. “Only the Law Would Rule between Us”: Antimiscegenation, the Moral Economy of Dependency, and the Debate over Rights after the Civil War – Emily Field Van Tassel
26. The Antidemocratic Power of Whiteness – Kathleen Neal Cleaver
27. Who’s Black, Who’s White, and Who Cares – Luther Wright, Jr.
28. Images of the Outsider in American Law and Culture – Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
29. Back to the Future with The Bell Curve: Jim Crow, Slavery, and G – Jacqueline Jones
30. The Genetic Tie – Dorothy E. Roberts
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part IV: Whiteness: Law’s Role
31. White Law and Lawyers: The Case of Surrogate Motherhood – Peter Halewood
32. Social Science and Segregation before Brown – Herbert Hovenkamp
33. Mexican-Americans and Whiteness – George A. Martinez
34. Race and the Core Curriculum in Legal Education – Frances Lee Ansley
35. The Transparency Phenomenon, Race-Neutral Decisionmaking, and Discriminatory Intent – Barbara J . Flagg
36. Toward a Black Legal Scholarship: Race and Original Understandings – Jerome McCristal Culp, Jr.
37. Identity Notes, Part One: Playing in the Light – Adrienne D. Davis
38. The Constitutional Ghetto – Robert L. Hayman, Jr., and Nancy Levit
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part V: Witeness: Culture’s Role
39. Do You Know This Man? – Daniel Zalewski
40. The Curse of Ham – D. Marvin Jones
41. Los Olvidados: On the Making of Invisible People – Juan F. Perea
42. White Innocence, Black Abstraction – Thomas Ross
43. Race and the Dominant Gaze: Narratives of Law and Inequality in Popular Film – Margaret M. Russell
44. Residential Segregation and White Privilege – Martha R. Mahoney
45. Mules, Madonnas, Babies, Bathwater: Racial Imagery and Stereotypes – Linda L. Ammons
46. The Other Pleasures: The Narrative Function of Race in the Cinema – Anna Everett
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part VI White Privilege
47. White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies – Peggy McIntosh
48. From Practice to Theory, or What Is a White Woman Anyway? – Catharine A. MacKinnon
49. Racial Construction and Women as Differentiated Actors – Martha R. Mahoney
50. The GI Bill: Whites Only Need Apply – Karen Brodkin Sacks
51. Making Systems of Privilege Visible – Stephanie M. Wildman with Adrienne D. Davis
52. Race and Racial Classifications – Luther Wright, Jr.
53. Reflections on Whiteness: The Case of Latinos(as) – Stephanie M. Wildman
54. Stirring the Ashes: Race, Class, and the Future of Civil Rights Scholarship – Frances Lee Ansley
55. The Social Construction of Whiteness – Martha R. Mahoney
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part VII: The Ladder of Whiteness
56. The Mind of the South – W. J . Cask
57. Old Poison in New Bottles: The Deep Roots of Modern Nativism – Joe R. Feagin
58. The First Word in Whiteness: Early Twentieth-Century European Immigration – David Roediger
59. Life on the Color Line – Gregory Williams
60. Others, and the WASP World They Aspired To – Richard Brookkiser
61. Beyond the Melting Pot – Nathan Glazer and Daniel Patrick Moynikan
62. The Economic Payoff of Attending an Ivy-League Institution – Philip J . Cook and Robert H. Frank
63. Useful Knowledge – Mary Cappello
64. Stupid Rich Bastards – Laurel Johnson Black
65. How Did Jews Become White Folks? – Karen Brodkin Sacks
66. How White People Became White – James R. Barrett and David Roediger
67. Paths to Belonging: The Constitution and Cultural Identity – Kenneth L. Karst
68. Is the Radical Critique of Merit Anti-Semitic? – Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part VIII: The Color Line: Multiracial People and “Passing for White”
69. Passing for White, Passing for Black – Adrian Piper
70. Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin
71. The Michael Jackson Pill: Equality, Race, and Culture – Jerome McCristal Culp, Jr.
72. Did the First Justice Harlan Have a Black Brother? – James W. Gordon
73. Learning How to Be Niggers – Gregory Williams
74. What Does a White Woman Look Like? Racing and Erasing in Law – Katherine M. Franke
75. La Güera – Cherríe Moraga
76. Notes of a White Black Woman – Judy Scales-Trent
77. Our Next Race Question: The Uneasiness between Blacks and Latinos – Jorge Klor de Alva, Earl Shorris, and Cornel West
78. A Review of Life on the Color Line – Martha Chamallas and Peter M. Shane
79. What Is Race, Anyway? – Tod Olson
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part IX: Biology and Pseudoscience
80. The Misleading Abstractions of Social Scientists – Jerome Kagan
81. Caste, Crime, and Precocity – Andrew Hacker
82. Embodiment and Perspective: Can White Men Jump? – Peter Halewood
83. Bell Curve Liberals: How the Left Betrayed IQ – Adrian Wooldridge
84. Brave New Right – Michael Lind
85. Race and Parentage – Dorothy E. Roberts
86. The Sources of The Bell Curve – Jeffrey Rosen and Charles Lane
87. Hearts of Darkness – John B. Judis
88. Thank You, Doctors Murray and Herrnstein (Or, Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory?) – Derrick A. Bell
89. Dangerous Undertones of the New Nativism – Daniel Kanstroom
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part X: White Consciousness, White Power
90. The Rise of Private Militia: A First and Second Amendment: Analysis of the Right to Organize and the Right to Train – Joelle E. Polesky
91. The Changing Faces of White Supremacy – Loretta J . Ross and Mary Ann Mauney
92. Hatelines: Week of Sunday, April 7, 1996 – Compiled by the Center for Democratic Renewal
93. Blue by Day and White by [K]night – Robin Barnes
94. The Race Question and Its Solution – James Armstrong, Jr.
95. The American Neo-Nazi Movement Today – Elinor Lunger
96. Talking about Race with America’s Klansmen – Raphael S. Ezekiel
97. Antidiscrimination Law and Transparency: Barriers to Equality? – Barbara J . Flagg
98. White Supremacy (And What We Should Do about It) – Frances Lee Ansley
99. White Superiority in America: Its Legal Legacy, Its Economic Costs – Derrick A. Bell
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

Part XI: What Then Shall We Do? A Role for Whites
100. Treason to Whiteness Is Loyalty to Humanity – An lnterview with Noel lgnatiev of Race Traitor Magazine
101. How to Be a Race Traitor: Six Ways to Fight Being White – Noel lgnatiev
102. Rodrigo’s Eleventh Chronicle: Empathy and False Empathy – Richard Delgado
103. Obscuring the Importance of Race: The Implications of Making Comparisons between Racism and Sexism (or Other Isms) – Trina Grillo and Stephanie M. Wildman
104. White Men Can Jump: But Must Try a Little Harder – Peter Halewood
105. “Was Blind, but Now I See”: White Race Consciousness and the Requirement of Discriminatory Intent – Barbara J . Flagg
106. White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness – Ruth Frankenberg
107. Resisting Racisms, Eliminating Exclusions: South Africa and the United States – David Theo Goldberg
108. Dysconscious Racism: The Cultural Politics of Critiquing Ideology and Identity – Joyce E. King
109. What Should White Women Do? – Martha R. Mahoney
110. Confronting Racelessness – Eleanor Marie Brown
111. A Civil Rights Agenda for the Year 2000: Confessions of an Identity Politician – Frances Lee Ansley
112. What We Believe – The Editors of Race Traitor Magazine
113. Segregation, Whiteness, and Transformation – Martha R. Mahoney
114. White Out – Roger Wilkins
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings

About the Contributors


About the Author(s)

Richard Delgado is Charles Inglis Thomson Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. He is the editor of Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge (Temple) and the author of several books, including Failed Resolutions: Social Reform and the Limits of Legal Imagination, Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment, and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize nominee The Rodrigo Chronicles: Conversations on Race and America.

Jean Stefancic is Research Associate in Law at the University of Colorado Law School. She is co-author (with Delgado) of No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda (Temple), Failed Revolutions: Social Reform and the Limits of Legal Imagination, and Must We Defend Nazis? Hate Speech, Pornography, and the New First Amendment.

Subject Categories

Law and Criminology
General Interest
African American Studies


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