Cornell University

The Future of “Whiteness”: White Identity, Race, and Progressive Politics

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Lewis Auditorium 232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY

A panel discussion followed by a conversation about the changing face of white identity and the political horizons of white anti-racist activism.

White European Americans living in the United States will soon be fewer than 50 percent of the population. The impending demographic shifts are already felt in most urban centers and the effect is a national backlash of political, and sometimes violent, activism with a stated aim that is simultaneously vague and deadly clear: "to take our country back." In response to this backlash, anti-racist whites are left to confront significant changes in their political and cultural reality. What is the future of anti-racist white identity? What are the possibilities for cross-racial progressive coalitions?

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Panelists include:

Linda Martín Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College, City University of New York, and the author of The Future of Whiteness.

Larry Alcoff, veteran union organizer, SEIU, NYC.

Sam Lagasse, Ph.D. student in the Department of English, Cornell University.

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