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Waste of a White Skin: The Carnegie Corporation and the by Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

By Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

A pathbreaking background of the improvement of medical racism, white nationalism, and segregationist philanthropy within the U.S. and South Africa within the early 20th century, Waste of a White epidermis specializes in the yankee Carnegie Corporation’s learn of race in South Africa, the bad White examine, and its impression at the construction of apartheid.This e-book demonstrates the ways that U.S. elites supported apartheid and Afrikaner Nationalism within the serious interval ahead of 1948 via philanthropic interventions and shaping scholarly wisdom construction. instead of evaluating racial democracies and their engagement with medical racism, Willoughby-Herard outlines the ways that a racial regime of worldwide whiteness constitutes household racial guidelines and partially animates black awareness in probably 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 supply 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.Ideal for college kids, students, and readers in parts with regards to U.S. heritage, African historical past, international historical past, Diaspora stories, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political technology.

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We see the centrality of the cultural work that can be done in ideas about poor white people operating in experimental research on race, poverty, and gender in the United States. In Gilliam’s research, interviewees hearing and viewing the same script performed by black and white impoverished women had more extreme antiblack attitudes when they viewed poor white women. Respondents were being cued to comment on their views about the mythological “welfare queen” caricature of antipoverty policy and those deemed the undeserving poor.

Many low-wage jobs were available for young white women who were also breadwinners for both themselves and their families in the rural areas. Civilized labor also led to the deskilling of white craftsmen as they were more rapidly compelled to join the urban proletariat. There was a high cost of living for small professionals in new cities like Johannesburg and increasing rates of unemployment for older and unskilled white men. The latter could often get jobs on the railways as blacksmiths, carpenters, plumbers, checkers, painters, dumpsmen, watchmen, and other government public relief jobs.

C]ompletion of the transcontinental railroad [would] bring about the Plains Indian Wars of the 1870s and 1880s. Nativist vigilantism against the influx of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe in the Northeast and entry of the Chinese into the West created a lethal synergy with anti-black mob violence. 98 The federal government, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and arms manufacturers used the new technology of the machine gun to murder entire peoples and to consolidate American Empire. 101 These technologies moderated antagonistic social forces and more profoundly entrenched freedmen and freedwomen in the perpetual position of being seen as property of white society: “workers” whose labor was not seen as labor but tribute due to their collective racial superiors.

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