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Whitewashing as Symbolic Violence and Racist De-Historicization

May 17, 2010 by and tagged , , , ,

Another great, and disturbing, Ben Guest short film (excellent material for a race and ethnicity course):

The South Will Rise Again from Ben Guest on Vimeo.

Posted in Academia, Culture, Racism, Social Privilege, Sociology, Symbolic Violence | 1 Comment »



One Response to “Whitewashing as Symbolic Violence and Racist De-Historicization”

  1.   Joy Says:

    Thanks, Christine! I was thinking of short films/documentaries that I could show in class, and this one will definitely provoke a lot of discussion.

    It’s hard to defend “From Dixie with Love” as anything but racist with Klan members protesting its removal and white students saying, “F*ck those niggers” in response. I find it interesting that a young, white student with so much collective memory and nostalgia for a South long past (gone with the wind, dare I say?) cannot fathom how this song affects non-white students. Remember the South, forget slavery – whitewashed history indeed. You’d think her views would be transposed with that of the chancellor’s, that HE would cling to the traditions of the song. I used to take heart in the fact that people with such biased views would die relatively soon, but when we serve up whitewashed history to young students, we’re probably moving backwards in time!

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