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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Filled with reasonings that can be used against those who are ignorant about this subject since harrsi incredibly informative and properly worded. These rights endured even a century after the abolition of slavery.

She listened to the women with whom she worked discuss their worries – their children’s illnesses, their husband’s disappointments, their boyfriends’ infidelities – all of the mundane yet critical things that made up their lives. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jeremiah marked it as to-read Dec 09, Her voice would remain subdued, as if to contain the still remembered tension. Email required Address never made public.

Indeed, there are many who crossed the color line never to return.

hargis Flannery rated it really liked it Sep 13, 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. S added it Oct 31, Alex rated it it was amazing Sep 22, That place – where white supremacy and economic domination meet – was unknown turf to her white co- workers.

Each evening, my grandmother, tired and worn, retraced her steps home, laid aside her mask, and reentered herself.

Whiteness as Property

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Sabrina Williams rated it it was amazing Dec 17, These rights all range from opportunities for a better education, healthcare delivery, and even less liability for their actions. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Whatever retort might have been called for had been suppressed long before it reached her lips, for the price of her family’s well-being was her silence. Harris Whiteness as Property Harv. Betsy-the-muffin marked it as to-read Dec 06, Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I. Later, these painful memories forged her total identification with the civil rights movement.

According whiteness actual legal status converted an aspect of identity into an external object of property, moving whiteness from privileged identity to a vested interest. Refresh and try again. This idea was not only backed up by the culture, but courts solidified it by enforcing rights and privileges to those who were white.

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 theoretical descriptions of property.

Oct 02, Claudia Lacleriga rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every day my grandmother rose 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.

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

This decision would have been unremarkable for a white woman in similar circumstances, but for my grandmother, it was an act of both great daring and self-denial, for in so doing she was presenting herself as a white woman. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Once the power is evenly distributed to all the people representing this nation, then we will be able to see how the other multiple races that helped bring this country forward will be valued by the work they put in, and not by just how white their skin is.

Notwithstanding the purported benefits of Black heritage in an era of affirmative action, passing is not an obsolete phenomenon that has slipped into history. This system led to conceive the notion that all slaves were black, and thus made all black people subordinates in a society dominated by whites. Want to Read saving….


Christopher Rice marked it as to-read Mar 14, Even though the law is neither uniform nor explicit in all instances, in protecting settled expectations based on white privilege, American law properyt recognized a property interest in whiteness that, although unacknowledged, now forms the background against which legal disputes are framed, argued, and adjudicated. By virtue of the employment practices of the “fine establishment” in which she worked, she could not have cheyl.

Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I. Harris

On Passing Cheryl I. Amber marked it as to-read Apr 28, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you ptoperty to read. Katie marked it as to-read Jan 27, Open Preview See a Problem?

It was a given to my grandmother that being white automatically ensured higher economic returns in the short term, as well as greater economic, political, and social security in the long run. 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.

Lauren marked it as to-read Aug 03, She quietly went about her clerical tasks, not once revealing her true identity. Even though these past mentioned regulations are no longer active, whiteness as property still is.

Olga Tomchin marked it as to-read Feb 02, The theoretical bases and conceptual descriptions of property rights are varied, ranging from first possessor rules, to creation of value, to Lockean labor theory, to personality theory, to utilitarian theory. My grandmother’s story is far from unique.

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