Whitewashing the South by Kristen M. Lavelle download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Wake up Seattle and shake off your progressive mystique. She shows how, in many ways, the denial evident in these life stories is normal. During the segregation era, North Carolina had the reputation of being the most racially progressive southern state. They generally described the public rules about segregation in episodic terms as occasional bad incidents, not as a whole system of subordination.
The way things were was just what was, and they had no perception of White actors as maintaining the system. The point for us Seattleites is that the progressivism and colorblindness we ascribe to has been used before, and to very ill effect. We need to be very careful about using loaded language like racially progressive when the problem of racism is nowhere close to being solved here or anywhere else.
The study enhances our understandings of current whiteness by capturing the memories of a group whose perspective is often taken for granted but rarely analyzed systematically. Without these cookies, we won't know if you have any performance-related issues that we may be able to address. We see that history is reconstructed, not only by historians, but in the memories of those who lived through it.
Whitewashing the South is an important contribution to our understanding of whiteness and race in the United States. Such beliefs lull us into complacency and even render us complicit. By taking this approach, Lavelle invites the reader to consider how given a similar social context, we would all struggle to find ways to believe in the goodness of ourselves and our communities. Most of the interviewees had negative feelings about this process, as well, feeling that no good would come from rehashing past unpleasantness. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular.
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