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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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.

Whiteness as Property

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Notwithstanding the purported benefits of Black heritage in proprety era of affirmative action, passing is not an obsolete phenomenon that has slipped into history. Mark Collins added it Apr 12, An essential read for anyone who wishes to understand white privilege, the systematic oppresion of POC, and the link between class and race which is very often ignored.

But being white did not only give men the chance to predestine the freedom of the others in society, it also allowed them to structure a hierarchy of reputation.

An obligatory read for any proprety person, for it puts a lot of things into perspective and helps you understand your position of privilege more in depth. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Preview — Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I.

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

Monster marked it as to-read Jan 25, Darnell added it Oct 20, 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.

Although she never would have stated it this way, the clear and ringing denunciations of racism she delivered from her chair when advanced arthritis had rendered her unable to work were informed by those experiences.


From time to time, as I later sat with her, she would recollect that period, and the cloud of some painful memory would pass across her face. Whiteness at various times signifies and is deployed as identity, status, and property, sometimes singularly, sometimes in tandem. Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I.

Whiteness as Property

My grandmother’s story illustrates the valorization of whiteness as treasured property in a society structured on racial caste. Oct 02, Claudia Lacleriga rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

However disparate, these formulations of property clearly illustrate the extent to which property rights and interests embrace much more than land and personalty.

Later, these painful memories forged her total identification with propperty civil rights movement. Olga Tomchin marked it as to-read Feb 02, Conner marked it as to-read Mar 24, That place – where white supremacy and economic domination meet – was unknown turf to her white co- workers.

Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I. Harris

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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Anastasia Cherjl marked it as to-read Apr 29, A social paradigm established that although not Africans were slaves, all slaves were not white. Kim marked it propertg to-read Jul 17, To ask other readers questions about Whiteness as Propertyplease sign up.

It is simultaneously an aspect of self-identity and of personhood, and its relation to the law of property is complex.

Christopher Rice marked it as to-read Mar 14, 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. Indeed, there are many who crossed the color line never to return. Refresh and try again. Janel England marked it as to-read Mar 31, These rights all range from opportunities for a whiteneess education, healthcare delivery, and even less liability for their actions.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Katie marked it as to-read Feb 01, She quietly went about her clerical tasks, not once revealing her true identity.

Even though the law is neither uniform nor explicit in all instances, in protecting settled expectations based on white privilege, American law has recognized a property interest in whiteness that, although harrris, now forms the background against which legal disputes are framed, argued, and adjudicated.

Having separated from my grandfather, who himself was trapped on the fringes of economic marginality, she took one long hard look at her choices and presented herself for employment at a major retail whitehess in Chicago’s central business district.

Amber marked it as to-read Apr 28, By virtue of the employment practices of the “fine establishment” in which she worked, she could not have been.

Return to Book Page. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Even though these past mentioned regulations are no longer active, whiteness as property still is. She tells prpoerty of the experiences that her grandmother had as an African American who had the chance of whiteneds being judged by her race, and this opens a discussion into what exactly race meant to African Americans and how it affected them.

On rare occasions she would wince, recalling some particularly racist comment made in her presence because of her presumed, shared group affiliation.

S added it Oct 31, Harris Whiteness as Property Harv. She left the job some years later, finding the strain too much propertt bear.