George Lipsitz on White People

Here’s a quote out of context from George Lipsitz’s How Racism Takes Place (2011):

The people who congratulate their country and themselves on the passage of civil rights laws in the 1960s have created a rhetorical Martin Luther King to serve their interests who bears little resemblance to the actual historical Martin Luther King. …

Rather than resolving racial inequalities responsibly, these laws enabled whites to pretend the problem had been solved.

(15 – 16)

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About jaimerafael

Jaime is a doctoral student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include 20th Century U.S. & Borderlands History, cultural production during the Chican@ Movement, and the role education in social movements. His work engages with the many bodies of scholarship that use race, gender, and class, as their analytical frameworks.

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