Whiteness as Property

“In James Madison’s view, for example, ‘property embraces everything to which a man may attach value and have a right’…Whiteness defined the legal status of a person as slave or free. White identity conferred tangible and economically valuable benefits and was jealously guarded as a valued possession, allowed only to those who met a strict standard of proof. Whiteness – the right to white identity as embraced by the law – is property if by property one means all of a person’s legal rights.”
– Cheryl I. Harris, “Whiteness as Property” (Harvard Law Review, June 1993), p.1726

Notes for #WhitenessHistoryMonth 4.2

Extending work of @CrazyPastor. Honoring vision of @PortlandCC

Slideshow of Notes for Whiteness History Month


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