Claudia Rankine: why I’m spending $625,000 to study whiteness

Poet and MacArthur genius grant winner Claudia Rankine explains her motivation and plans for the Racial Imaginary Institute. “She wants it to be a ‘space which allows us to show art, to curate dialogues, have readings, and talk about the ways in which the structure of white supremacy in American society influences our culture,'” Steven Thrasher writes in the Guardian.

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2 Comments on “Claudia Rankine: why I’m spending $625,000 to study whiteness

  1. People will also be interested to read Nell Irwin Painter’s book, The History of Whiteness, published by PUPress some years ago. Good book, solid research and bibliography.

    • Yes. Here’s the actual citation: The history of White people by Nell Irvin Painter. New York : W.W. Norton, c2010. Good addition to NIOT’s Racial Literacy resource list.

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