Whiteness as Property has 7 ratings and 1 review. Claudia said: An essential read for anyone who wishes to understand white privilege, the systematic opp. Issues regarding race and racial identity as well as questions pertaining to property rights and ownership have been prominent in much public. Cheryl I. Harris Whiteness as Property Harv. L. Rev. , ( ) (Cites Omitted) (Permission Requested).

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Adeline rated it it was amazing Mar 28, An obligatory read for any white person, for it puts a lot of things into perspective and helps you understand your position of privilege more in depth.

Betsy-the-muffin marked it as to-read Dec 06, Notify me of new comments via email. Mark Collins added it Apr 12, Her voice would remain subdued, as if to contain the still remembered tension. Sayeed Sanchez marked it as to-read Apr 05, The notion fheryl whiteness as a privilege will be ended once society stops being dominated by white figures.

Monster marked it as to-read Jan 25, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: No one at her job whitenwss asked if she was Black; the question was unthinkable.

The persistence of passing is related to the historical and continuing pattern of white racial domination and economic exploitation that has given passing a certain economic logic. Rather, the law has established and protected an actual property interest in whiteness itself, which shares the critical characteristics of property and accords with the many and varied theoretic The legal legacy of slavery and of the seizure of land from Native American peoples is not merely a regime of property law that is mis informed by racist and ethnocentric themes.


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Whiteness as Property

Indeed, there are many who crossed the color line never to return. Ash rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Propeety a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This section of the site Racial Groups has been moved to Http: Rather, the law whitenness established and protected an actual property interest in whiteness itself, which shares the critical characteristics of property and accords with the many and varied theoretical descriptions of property.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. On rare occasions she would wince, recalling some particularly racist comment made in her presence because of her presumed, shared group affiliation.

Thus, the fact that whiteness is not a “physical” entity does not remove it from the realm of property. This site uses cookies. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Catering to the upper-middle class, understated tastes required that Blacks not be allowed. My grandmother’s story illustrates the valorization of whiteness as treasured property in a society structured on racial caste.

Analysis of “Whiteness as Property” By Cheryl I. Harris

My grandmother’s story is far from unique. Katie marked it as to-read Jan 27, Published June by Harvard law Review Association. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: By virtue of the employment practices of the “fine establishment” in which she worked, she could not have been. Every day my grandmother whlteness from her bed in her house in a Black enclave on the south side of Chicago, sent her children off to a Black school, boarded a bus full of Black passengers, and rode to work.

Valerie marked it as to-read Dec 09, Kim marked it as to-read Jul 17, In ways so embedded that it is rarely apparent, the set of assumptions, privileges, and benefits that accompany the status of being white have become a valuable asset that whites sought to protect and that those who passed sought to attain – by fraud if necessary.


Email required Address never made public. Christopher Rice marked it as to-read Mar 14, Brandon Fryman marked it as to-read Apr 08, Day in and day out, she made herself invisible, harriz visible again, for a price too inconsequential to do more than barely sustain her family and at a cost too precious whjteness conceive.

Mark Fitzpatrick marked it as to-read May 04, Sabrina Williams rated it it was amazing Dec 17, Each evening, my grandmother, tired and worn, retraced her steps home, laid aside her mask, and reentered herself. Oct 02, Claudia Lacleriga rated it it was amazing Shelves: The law’s construction of whiteness defined and affirmed critical aspects of identity who is white ; of privilege what benefits accrue to that status ; and, of property what legal entitlements arise from that status.

A social paradigm established that although not Africans were slaves, all slaves were not white. Becoming white meant gaining access to a whole set of public and private privileges that materially and permanently guaranteed basic subsistence needs and, therefore, survival.

Harris, poem for alma In the s, some years after my mother’s family became part of the great river of Black migration that flowed north, my Mississippi-born grandmother was confronted with the harsh matter of economic survival for herself and her two daughters.