Ethics On My Mind is our special bonus series for quick discussions of timely ethics issues. Earlier this month, large groups of white supremacists held rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia that erupted in violence, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others. These rallies are just the latest manifestations of a growing white supremacist movement in the United States. It can be easy for well-meaning white people to try to distance themselves from the hateful actions of a small number of self-identified supremacists. But as we’ll hear from the philosopher Alison Bailey and women’s studies scholar Tamara Beauboeuf, white oppression can take many forms. A behavior known as “white talk” is just one of these forms of oppression. For this episode of Ethics on My Mind, we’re re-releasing a segment about the behavior known as “white talk” from episode 6: The “Burden” of Whiteness.
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- Guide to the aftermath of Charlottesville events
- Tamara Beauboeuf’s Bio
- Beauboeuf’s book, Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman
- Alison Bailey’s Bio
- Alison Bailey’s anthology, The Feminist Philosophy Reader
- W.E.B. DuBois’ idea of “flutter” comes from his 1903 book, The Souls of Black Folk
- Marilyn Frye’s essay “Oppression” discusses her cage metaphor
- Alice McIntyre ideas about white talk are found in her 1997 book Making Meaning of Whiteness
- Maria Lugones’ essay, “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception” from Women, Knowledge, and Reality: Explorations in Feminist Philosophy
Thanks to independent producer Sandra Bertin for co-producing the segment from episode 6. Evelyn Brosius designed our logo. Music used in this episode (in order of appearance):
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