Skip to comments.Bonilla-Silva to discuss 'The Invisible Weight of Whiteness'
Posted on 03/08/2012 4:45:13 PM PST by Altura Ct.
Sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva will give the talk, "The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America," Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Social Science Colloquium series, "Shades of Black and Brown: Afro-Latino/a Interactions."
Professor of sociology at Duke University, Bonilla-Silva argues that "There is a racial grammar that structures cognition, vision and even feelings on a variety of racial matters. This grammar normalizes white supremacy as the standard for social events and transactions.
"The talk will illustrate how this grammar works and highlight what it helps to accomplish. Racial grammar is as important as all the visible practices and mechanisms of white supremacy and we must fight its poisonous effects even if, like smog, we cannot see how it works clearly," he said.
Born in Bellefonte, Pa., Bonilla-Silva was raised in Puerto Rico where he received his bachelor's degree in sociology and economics in 1984. He received master's and doctoral degrees in sociology in 1987 and 1993 respectively at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is the author of "Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation," where he challenged social analysts to analyze racial matters from a structural perspective rather than from the sterile prejudice perspective, published in American Sociological Review in 1997. He received the 2007 Lewis Coser Award given by the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association for Theoretical-Agenda Setting.
His research has appeared in journals such as Sociological Inquiry, Racial and Ethnic Studies, Race and Society, Discourse and Society, Journal of Latin American Studies, Contemporary Sociology, Critical Sociology, and Research in Politics and Society among others.
He is the author of five books, White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era, co-winner of the 2002 Oliver Cox Award given by the American Sociological Association; Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States, a 2004 Choice Award expanded and revised in 2006 and again in 2009 with a chapter examining the Obama phenomenon; and White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism with Ashley Doane. In 2008, he finished an edited book with Tukufu Zuberi -- White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Social Science, also co-winner of the 2009 Oliver Cox Award. His most recent book, with Moon Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas, is State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States (Stanford Press).
Bonilla-Silva is working on four book projects: Anything but Racism: How Social Scientists Minimize the Significance of Racism (Routledge), a project examining the characteristics of the emerging racial order in the USA provisionally titled, "We are all Americans: The Latin Americanization of Racial Stratification in the USA," the book The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in America; and a textbook on race and ethnicity with Professor David G. Embrick (Loyola at Chicago).
Bonilla-Silva also will participate in a faculty colloquium on March 22.
The series is held in recognition of the United Nation's declaration of 2011 as the International Year of People of African Descent. The final speaker in the series is Patricia de Santana Pinho who will discuss blackness, whiteness and resistance to racism in Brazil on April 5.
The series is sponsored by the Provost's Office; the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender; the Office of the President; the departments of sociology and anthropology, political science, and economics; and the University Lectureship Committee.
Bonilla-Silva suffers from race-derangement syndrome. Symptoms include sufferers consistently attributing their lack of genuine achievement to racism. There is no known cure.
Translation: “Let’s just get rid of the white people.”
If there is not a book titled “Racial Narcissism”, there should be.
If you can figure out where this is, be there. Make a stink. Don’t let them get away with it. It is so ironic that in a time when most people have completely pushed “race” out of their existence, these people are pumping it up like it’s the biggest thing going. Insanity.
“Race Obsession and Academia in America”
“Race Obsession and the History of the Democratic Party in America”
“Race Obsession and Ethnic Politics of the American Left”
This is a very important talk. If you’re caucasian, you don’t weigh anything! Thank goodness. Now maybe I don’t have to see Terry Bradshaw again. As white as he is, he could hold an anchor and jump on a scale and the needle wouldn’t even move. They can keep showing Marie Osmond, though......oh yeah.
There’s MONEY to be made compartmentalizing people!
Perhaps actual white people ought to discuss being white in today’s PC society.
Hannah Arendt measured the same path in an essay she wrote called “Antisemetism.” First, you needed intellectuals and writers to establish the core principles and ideas needed to institute the Holocaust, which was done three or four generations before World War II. Part of that establishment is creating a climate where a Jew standing up and fighting for his culture and life would be gently ignored and told that he was just upset because he was a Jew.
Any pale person choosing to stand up and confront this speaker will be treated with the same disregard. The speaker, and much of the audience, will look at the pale person and say, “Well, of course you don’t understand this - you’re white.” The argument is designed to elicit this kind of response. In other words, the argument is designed to say “shut up and sit down.”
Of course, subsequent generations will do the necessary work needed to fulfill the promise of these ideas.
God help us.
I am spending my Winter in Arizona. I spent 2 hours at the pool today, working at reducing my whiteness.
>> Translation: Lets just get rid of the white people.
But then who would pay for their stuff? Surely you don’t expect *them* to pay for their *own* stuff.
>> Perhaps actual white people ought to discuss being white in todays PC society.
I’d love to, but I gotta work. :-)
Race baiters perpetuating victimhood, they are no better than clansmen.
Jesus doesn’t care about my color. He says to come to Him, for his yoke is light.
These people are in opposition to anything from God.
“White Like Me”
Tonight for dinner I had turkey on white bread with mayonnaise, some mashed potatoes, all lightly seasoned with salt only. For dessert, plain vanilla ice cream.
Then, as is my usual practice, I sat quietly in my chair, digested my meal and considered ways to victimize people of color, homosexuals and people with disabilities.
When will the madness stop?
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... Later, I had a slice of canned pear on some cottage cheese, watched Hee Haw, and went to bed on clean cotten sheets. The top sheet has eye holes cut in it, but they’re hemmed, so it’s okay.
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