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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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. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

There was harm in being considered black, but none in being considered white. Each evening, my grandmother, tired and worn, retraced her steps home, laid aside her mask, and reentered herself.

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

Alex rated it it was amazing Whitenesss 22, Daniel Gutierrez February 13th, Discussion: Passing is well-known among Black people in the United States and is a feature of race subordination in all societies structured on white supremacy. 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.

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

Want to Read saving…. Accepting the risk of self-annihilation was the only way to survive. Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I. 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, Although by popular usage property describes “things” owned by persons, or the rights of persons with respect to a thing, the concept of property prevalent among most theorists, even prior to the twentieth century, is that property may “consist[] of rights whitenezs ‘things’ that are intangible, or harrris existence is a matter of legal definition.

Whiteness is not simply and solely a legally recognized property interest.

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It is simultaneously an aspect of self-identity and of personhood, and its relation to the law of property is complex. Mark Fitzpatrick marked it as to-read May 04, Monster marked it as to-read Jan 25, These rights all range from opportunities for a better education, healthcare delivery, and even less liability for their actions.

Becoming white increased the possibility of controlling critical aspects of one’s life rather than being the object of others’ domination. Thus, the fact that whiteness is not a “physical” entity does not remove it from the realm of property.


Sugy marked it as to-read Jun 19, Katie marked it as to-read Jan 27, Preview — Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I. 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 as Property

Be the first to ask a question about Whiteness as Property. 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.

Whiteness at various times signifies and is deployed as identity, status, and property, sometimes singularly, sometimes in tandem. She quietly went about her clerical tasks, not once revealing her true identity.

This idea was not only backed up by the culture, but courts solidified it by enforcing rights and privileges to those who were white. Conner marked it as to-read Mar 24, This section of the site Racial Groups has been moved to Http: Notify me of new comments via email. Later, these painful memories forged her total identification with the civil rights movement.