When watching the film "Get Out," what if white people and non-black people of color saw their responsibility as more than nodding knowingly at microaggressions or bits of cotton stuffing? What if they realized that "Get Out" can also be about what it feels like to be themselves in America?
Donald Trump did not invent the ungrateful black athlete stereotype, but he made it familiar. The stereotype recasts professionals at the top of their game as that black person who doesn’t know how to do their job. Maxine Waters. Frederica Wilson. La David Johnson. Barack Obama. “Ungrateful” is only the latest way to say that a black worker is unworthy because they are black.
One should understand Justice Alito's representation of Asian Americans in his dissenting opinion as indicative of how the system of racism evolves in order to maintain itself. Specifically, Asian Americans have become a proxy group for White Americans.
The show can remind us that "white" is an idea invented to make superiority inheritable, like nobility.
Student demands for changes to their educational experience threaten white property interests in the curriculum. Faculty defenses of the status quo will reveal the nature of those interests.
Can the concept of white privilege stand in the way of learning about racism?
In order to educate students on race and identity, it is best to begin with some history.
David Shih teaches in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He specialties include Asian American literature, literary representations of Asians, and race and racism in the U.S. He has published on Louis Chu, Sui Sin Far (Edith Eaton), Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton), and Sax Rohmer. Current projects include a public intellectual-based blog on racism and research on how to institutionalize antiracist reading practices for multicultural literature.