Waste of a White Skin: The Carnegie Corporation and the Racial Logic of White Vulnerability

By Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

A pathbreaking heritage of the advance of clinical racism, white nationalism, and segregationist philanthropy within the U.S. and South Africa within the early 20th century, Waste of a White Skin makes a speciality of the yankee Carnegie Corporation’s examine of race in South Africa, the Poor White Study, and its impression at the construction of apartheid.

This booklet demonstrates the ways that U.S. elites supported apartheid and Afrikaner Nationalism within the severe interval sooner than 1948 via philanthropic interventions and shaping scholarly wisdom creation. instead of evaluating racial democracies and their engagement with clinical racism, Willoughby-Herard outlines the ways that a racial regime of worldwide whiteness constitutes household racial guidelines and partly animates black cognizance in likely disparate and discontinuous racial democracies. This booklet makes use of key paradigms in black political thought—black feminism, black internationalism, and the black radical tradition—to offer a wealthy account of poverty and paintings. a lot of the scholarship on whiteness in South Africa overlooks the advanced politics of white poverty and what they suggest for the making of black political motion and black people’s presence within the monetary system.

perfect for college kids, students, and readers in components regarding U.S. background, African historical past, international background, Diaspora experiences, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science.

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D. De Kiewiet, the critique of Afrikaners supposedly failing to undergo cause and failing to orchestrate the submission of “nature” to tradition, civilization, and rationality has proven up many times. in accordance with Enlightenment precepts, the white man’s burden used to be dominion over lands and peoples to advertise commodification and wealth and harmonious social order. So Afrikaners had a very thorny challenge by way of their function in South Africa. for the reason that to be “of Africa” intended to be short of civilizing, improvement, potential construction, and information. So what was once to be performed with white those that have been short of such racialized aid? As an issue of the ontology of whiteness and an issue of energy, superb differences concerning the whiteness of negative whites and their vulnerability to a swaart gevaar (black horde) has needed to be reiterated and has turn into one of those default rationalization in their “failure. ” although pageant is a key method by which capital reworked humans into “cheap” and “expensive” workers and set them against one another, it really is an insufficient framework for explaining white poverty. festival as an idea implies organization, no longer entrapment; it encourages us to research source of revenue, no longer wealth; and it delinks proletarianization from different procedures of categorizing people who form their position within the financial system. seventy three As a paradigm, pageant fails to provide an explanation for monetary buildings that of necessity produce long term racialized prosperity and long term racialized poverty. the concept that white poverty, specifically, used to be as a result of blacks flattens different types of whiteness and blackness as a way to generate naturalizing notions approximately entitlement to and coherence with racial capitalism for would-be whites and incapability for and distance from capital for these deemed black. because the proponents of unfair black activity finishing touch site visitors in notions which are neither traditional nor historic, i've got thought of how racism has formed the way in which we comprehend the making of “natural” and “unnatural” sectors of the proletariat. 112 | bankruptcy 4 numerous South African students have taken up the query of the meant paradox of negative whites, all sharing a similar assumption that whiteness coheres with productiveness and revenue and that blackness coheres with poverty, laziness, and docility. This seeming paradox provides upward push to the racial demonization inherent in words like “white trash” and “waste of a white dermis. ” yet what so much issues me is how these moments while white poverty is associated with black humans and fake notions approximately black supplier, black chance, and black festival for jobs with white humans function to entrench antiblackness. the parable of activity festival and the understandings approximately white humans made susceptible via adversarial black humans mystify the bigger constitution of salary determinations, monopolies, commercial Conciliation forums, govt ministries, and chambers of trade and their shared funding in showing to be benefactors, now not architects, of repressive apparatuses that racialize poverty utilizing antiblack legislation, guidelines, and sedimented associations.

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