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

By Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

A pathbreaking background of the advance of clinical racism, white nationalism, and segregationist philanthropy within the U.S. and South Africa within the early 20th century, Waste of a White epidermis makes a speciality of the yankee Carnegie Corporation’s learn of race in South Africa, the negative White learn, and its impact at the production of apartheid.This publication demonstrates the ways that U.S. elites supported apartheid and Afrikaner Nationalism within the serious interval sooner than 1948 via philanthropic interventions and shaping scholarly wisdom creation. instead of evaluating racial democracies and their engagement with clinical racism, Willoughby-Herard outlines the ways that a racial regime of worldwide whiteness constitutes household racial rules and partially animates black recognition in doubtless disparate and discontinuous racial democracies. This publication 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 fiscal system.Ideal for college students, students, and readers in components relating to U.S. historical past, African heritage, international background, Diaspora reports, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political technology.

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Research team members blamed competition from and dependence on black people for causing white poverty. This blame game covered over the fact that there were hardly any jobs for unskilled white adult male workers. They recommended a decisive end to reliance on hyperexploited black workers whose availability was said to have been a major cause of the continuing problem of white poverty. Feigning concern for black culture and the peasant mode of production, Poor White Study researchers claimed Forgeries of History | 27 that black people’s urban industrial employment destroyed African culture.

The study of the complicated relationship between the racialization of whites and nonwhites, blacks in particular, is stymied by a history of trying to reclaim a sympathetic and humane white position while disavowing the power of antiblack impositions. 62 My work avoids this parallelism by pointing instead to (1) the mechanisms by which white on white racial violence operates; (2) how white on white racial violence uses antiblackness to legitimize the surveillance and isolation of poor whites; and (3) how white on white racial violence creates more intractable forms of antiblack racism.

The Carnegie Corporation had an extensive institutional history in South Africa prior to recruiting Malherbe. 2 So a study poised to focus on poor white beneficiaries of segregationist philanthropy fit nicely in this research portfolio. 3 The CCNY could support Afrikaner Nationalists by extending its long-standing commitments to segregationist philanthropy. Moreover, 24 Forgeries of History | 25 with its global audiences it could use poor white people as a cover for its segregationist agenda. Poor white people were also of great use as a political football because Afrikaner Nationalism was viewed by the rest of the Anglo-Saxon nation-states as relatively backward and politically immature.

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