Whiteness as Property has 7 ratings and 1 review. Claudia said: An essential read for anyone who wishes to understand white privilege, the systematic opp. Issues regarding race and racial identity as well as questions pertaining to property rights and ownership have been prominent in much public. Cheryl I. Harris Whiteness as Property Harv. L. Rev. , ( ) (Cites Omitted) (Permission Requested).

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It is simultaneously an aspect of self-identity and of personhood, and its relation to the law of property is complex.

Analysis of “Whiteness as Property” By Cheryl I. Harris

Her voice would remain subdued, as if to contain the still remembered tension. Mark Fitzpatrick marked it as to-read May 04, Harris Whiteness as Property Harv.

Anastasia Nesbitt marked it as to-read Apr 29, Preview — Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I. She came to know them but they did not know her, for my grandmother occupied a completely different place. Adeline rated it it was amazing Mar 28, She listened to the women with whom she worked discuss their worries – their children’s illnesses, their husband’s disappointments, their boyfriends’ infidelities – all of the mundane yet critical things that made up their lives. Published June by Harvard law Review Association.

Harris, poem for alma In the s, some years after my mother’s family became part of the great river of Black migration that flowed north, my Mississippi-born grandmother was confronted with the harsh matter of economic survival for herself and her two daughters. Whites have come to expect and rely on these benefits, and over propegty these expectations have been affirmed, legitimated, and protected by the law.


My grandmother’s story is far from unique. These rights all range from opportunities for a better education, healthcare delivery, and even less liability for their actions. My grandmother’s story illustrates the valorization of whiteness as treasured property in a society structured on racial caste.

Return to Book Page. Later, these painful memories forged her total identification with the civil rights movement. The legal legacy of slavery and of the seizure of land from Native American peoples is not merely a regime of property law that is mis informed by racist and ethnocentric themes.

To ask other readers questions about Whiteness as Propertyplease sign up. Lauren marked it as to-read Aug 03, An essential read for anyone who wishes to understand white privilege, the systematic oppresion of POC, and the link between class and race which is very often ignored.

Whiteness as Property

Accepting the risk cheeryl self-annihilation was the only way ehiteness survive. Refresh and try again. Each evening, my grandmother, tired and worn, retraced her steps home, laid aside her mask, and reentered herself. Valerie marked it as to-read Dec 09, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It was a given to my grandmother that being white automatically ensured higher economic returns in the short term, as well as greater economic, political, and social security in the long run.

Learning about the world at her knee as I did, these experiences also came to inform my outlook and my understanding of the world. By virtue of the employment practices of the “fine establishment” in which she worked, she could not have been.


This idea was not only backed up by the culture, but courts solidified it by enforcing rights and privileges to those who were white.

Whiteness as Property by Cheryl I. Harris

Jeremiah marked it as to-read Dec 09, Betsy-the-muffin marked it as to-read Dec 06, She left the job some years later, finding the strain too much to bear. The notion of whiteness as a privilege will be ended once society stops being dominated by white figures.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Notify me of new comments via email. Oct 02, Claudia Lacleriga rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jenny marked it as to-read Sep 29, Having separated from my grandfather, who himself was trapped on the fringes of economic marginality, she took one long hard look at her choices and presented herself for employment at a major retail store in Chicago’s central business district.

Lists with This Book. Even though these past mentioned regulations are no longer active, whiteness as property still is.

That place – where white supremacy and economic domination meet – was unknown turf to her white co- workers. However disparate, these formulations of property clearly illustrate the extent to which property rights and interests embrace much more than land and personalty. In the parlance harrks racist America, she was “passing. This site is no longer whitenees maintained at this location.