Thursday, June 29, 2017

It's a white thing, you wouldn't understand

There has been a lot of chatter here in Canada lately about whether white people can write about non-white characters. Imagine my surprise at discovering that white people are also incapable of writing about white people.
I enlisted Chenjerai, as an African-American intellectual and a friend, to help me unpack the stories we’re telling in the series and, frankly, to give me backup—to check me. I don’t quite trust myself as a white man to see whiteness plainly and fully.
That's from the teaser for a series of podcasts on "whiteness".

Obviously, I'm sceptical. Despite that, I'm going to try and give it an open-minded listen. The teaser, although it includes a few lines that make me wonder, is actually written in clear, coherent language and that is a lot more than you can say for most of current "whiteness scholarship".

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