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The Triumph of MTV’s “White People”

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Professor Barclay Tweed

An exciting new program will debut on MTV July 22 called “White People.” As the trailer (below) suggests, the show seeks to examine white privilege through the eyes of young caucasians, all of whom in my view certainly have a clear advantage over African Americans, Latinos, and perhaps even some Asians in terms of smarts, education, and job opportunities, simply because of the color of their skin and the fact that in America skin color almost invariably equates to socio-economic privilege.

 

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White Identity and the Limits of Free Speech

Today Sociology and African American Studies Professor Saida Grundy officially joins the faculty at Boston University. As someone attempting to come to terms with my own identity I am delighted to welcome such a courageous colleague to the academy.

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Boston U Prof. Saida Grundy [Image Credit: Twitter]
In May a controversy erupted when the vivacious incoming assistant professor “Tweeted” remarks construed as racist by some close-minded observers. For example, in January 2015 she wrote,

Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. and every year i find it nearly impossible.

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Toward a Parade of Irreverent Commentary

I am a new contributor at Memory Hole that seeks to frankly address a variety of issues in American academe from what will be an often ironic liberal perspective that this blog may from time-to-time lack. Being a generally open-minded chap, Dr. Tracy has offered me a platform and I am proceeding under a pseudonym of my own choosing.

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Professor Barclay Tweed

This is necessary because the academic community, perhaps surprisingly for some, is among the foremost holdouts to views and analyses that even modestly diverge from its own. In addition, contributing to a site like this using my real name could seriously torpedo my chances of ever receiving an NEH grant or obtaining weighty blurbs from established colleagues on future book projects.

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