Bonilla-Silva to Discuss ‘The Invisible Weight of Whiteness’

Kathryn Kopchik, Bucknell University, March 6, 2012

Sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva will give the talk, “The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America,” Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Social Science Colloquium series, “Shades of Black and Brown: Afro-Latino/a Interactions.”

Professor of sociology at Duke University, Bonilla-Silva argues that “There is a racial grammar that structures cognition, vision and even feelings on a variety of racial matters. This grammar normalizes white supremacy as the standard for social events and transactions.

“The talk will illustrate how this grammar works and highlight what it helps to accomplish. Racial grammar is as important as all the visible practices and mechanisms of white supremacy and we must fight its poisonous effects even if, like smog, we cannot see how it works clearly,” he said.

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He is the author of five books, White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era, co-winner of the 2002 Oliver Cox Award given by the American Sociological Association; Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States, a 2004 Choice Award expanded and revised in 2006 and again in 2009 with a chapter examining the Obama phenomenon;and White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism with Ashley Doane. In 2008, he finished an edited book with Tukufu Zuberi—White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Social Science, also co-winner of the 2009 Oliver Cox Award. His most recent book, with Moon Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas, is State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States (Stanford Press).

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The series is held in recognition of the United Nation’s declaration of 2011 as the International Year of People of African Descent. The final speaker in the series is Patricia de Santana Pinho who will discuss blackness, whiteness and resistance to racism in Brazil on April 5.

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  • Christopher_Nelson

    “The talk will illustrate how this grammar works and highlight what it helps to accomplish. Racial grammar is as important as all the visible practices and mechanisms of white supremacy and we must fight its poisonous effects even if, like smog, we cannot see how it works clearly,”

    Translate this to “blah blah blah, made up crap, blah blah blah.”

    Eduardo Bonilla-Silva  , another non white hispanic who knows so much about white people. Yet, it is always said that whites do not know what it’s like to be black or some other minority.  But  these anti-white race hustlers always seem to know everything about white people.  They are experts on  the evils of whiteness. Even when whites are too “stupid”, or too “racist” to notice their own evil.

    I  sure am glad that there are minorities out there who can expose the ugly underbelly of white racism.

    I also bet that affirmative action played absolutely no role in Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s life.

     

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva will give the talk,
    “The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life
    in Contemporary America,” Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of
    the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

    So now there are invisible weights?  I wonder how many reps I can bench press 225 invisible pounds.

    Professor of sociology at Duke University….

    Let me guess.  One of the Gang of 88.

    His CV has five books, all with the word “Racism” in the title.  If “racism” ever really disappeared,  either in reality or the word becoming passe, he would really be shingles out of luck.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JBFGOQQ2RC5YQ6YOCSUPJQGN2U AvgDude

    This is the classic brown skinned racist drivel that has ruined our college institutions.   No one is required to take macroeconomics but everyone is required to take classes run by racist, white hating crackpots like this.   That way, no white kid can graduate summa cum laude unless he’s some degenerate, self-hating apple polisher, because this clown will give every normal white person a C+ or lower just for being white no matter what they do.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Confirmation:  Bonilla-Silva was one of the Go88.  He once described the United States as “gringoland.”

    http://durhamwonderland.blogspot.com/2007/07/group-profile-eduardo-bonilla-silva.html

    They say that if you give a million monkeys a million typewriters and a million years, you’ll get Shakespeare.  On the other hand, if you give one Elizabethan-era Englishman a quill pen and fifty-two years, you’ll also get Shakespeare.  Which leads to this question:

    Why should Duke pay someone like this empty headed “Bonilla-Silva” a six figure salary for work that the Postmodernist Essay Generator will do for free?

    http://www.elsewhere.org/pomo/

    • MikeofAges

       This could be invaluable for students looking for term paper tips. As long as they understand the difference between miasmic peroration and duplicitious reconstructionism, I suppose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hunter.morrow1 Hunter Morrow

    Go cry about this in Mexico. The invisible weight of pack your bags and cry your tears elsewhere.

    Whites are so terrible but this guy gladly stays where there are 200 MILLION of them because it affords him a very comfortable life being a professional complainer.

    He ought to buy a rifle, a flak jacket and a bus ticket and complain in Mexico.

  • radical7

    Professor Silva speaks a truth that needs to be heard.

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

      Only if I can procure some earplugs first.

    • Don L

      Radical7, that gave me a good chuckle, thanks.

      • The_Bobster

        It’s not nice to poke fun at the retarded.

  • Xanthippe2

    “The series is held in recognition of the United Nation’s declaration of 2011 as the International Year of People of African Descent. ”

    That would be because doing things in a timely manner is one of the pathological obsessions White people have.  Anyone know which People 2012 is dedicated to?

    • Alexandra1973

      Funny, I’m already thinking of 2011 as the Year of the Flash Mobs (or rather Mahogany Mobs).

  • John Maddox

    If you can’t baffle them with brilliance befuddle them with BS.

     Marxism is alive and well in Academia. Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Trotsky, and the Bolsheviks used the same rhetorical techniques to promote revolutionary ideals in the coded language of intellectual elites to give it credibility. Knowing that people outside of the academy would hardly understand what was being said. And  knowing full well that it would be the elites who would ascend to political power and influence public policy directly.

    By any other name this stuff would be called hate speech. 

  • Sonya610

    Wow… it is obvious why he is so concerned about “racial grammar”. He was born in the US yet his accent is so heavy and his grammar so poor it is painful to listen too him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VH5GkYZYgo

  • Black Swan

    “…mechanisms of white supremacy and we must fight its poisonous effects even if, like smog, we cannot see how it works clearly, he said.”
    Should I send him the Secret White Decoder Ring?
    This man is not funny, insane or comedic, he is deadly serious and he is advocating White genocide.  Bigotry and hatred towards whites by nonwhites are codified, encouraged and accepted, yet the other way around  are grounds for hate crimes and career extinction.
    “Born in Bellefonte, Pa., Bonilla-Silva was raised in Puerto Rico where he received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics in 1984.”
    Notice this idiot doesn’t live in the DUMP his co-ethnics created, he decided return to a land of irredeemable White bigots and racists who dog whistle their racist hatred through their mystic language.

    I take great pride in what European Whites have created over the past 2,000 years.  Everything White-haters have is because of us.  Computers? Internet? Television? Medicine?  Yep, all ours.

    Maybe should thank us, Mr. B-S instead of attacking us like the coddled useful idiot academic that you are.  We’ve handed you everything and you give us genocide in return.

    Elitists like Mr. B-S hate us because we are successful and his people are not.  It is not our fault that blacks and hispanics are historical failures in White cultures.  There is not conspiracy to keep nonWhites down, if there were, Asians wouldn’t be outscouring our children on standardized tests.  Nature, heritability and reality are not fair or egalitarian.  Get used to it.  Darwin was right centuries ago and nothing has or will change.

  • Alexandra1973

    On one board where I was an admin, I asked my friend, who owned the board, are we going to let this one poster post all this nonsense?  She told me yes, so that others could refute that poster, and any lurkers would see.

    So I say go ahead and let ‘em post.  They’ll just be refuted.

    • Alexandra1973

      You can learn a lot from trolls!  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    There are times when loonies & various people burdened with inferiority complexes somehow are very visible in the media & virtually dictate the tenor in much of public discourse. I’ve found the best way to deal with such lies is to brutally- say the truth. For instance, Black posts on a forum- a big amount- simply died after this one:

    White race, or European peoples, created in this land:

    * legal system
    * common language
    * science & technology from Franklin via Tesla and Edison to Jobs
    * science from Gibbs to Pauling and Feynman
    * literary culture from Melville to Faulkner
    * built skyscrapers, metropolises, industry
    * made industrial and postindustrial growth, from Pittsburgh steel mills to Silicon valley
    * invented all sports
    * sent a man on the Moon
    * won all wars
    *…

    And Blacks ?

    Their
    slave work was essentially a waste of everything. Absolutely needless
    & belonging to pre-industrial civilization this country dumped as
    soon as possible, without leaving a trace.

    The best thing Abe
    Lincoln has done was to crush dumb Southern slaveholders who would have
    swamped this country with completely redundant Blacks, very like Brazil.
    The worst thing was that he had been murdered before your race was
    deported back to Liberia and other African states or territories.

    ——–
    And they whined for a short time & then disappeared.

    Even shorter piece that crushed them was :

    WM has conquered the world, went to outer space, created global
    civilization, killed more people than any other group, created all
    sciences & arts & technology, f+cked uncounted millions of women
    of all races around the globe, and is the most developed human form-
    physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

    In short- a god in microcosm.

    Need I anything more to add

    ————–

    Loud & clear, tell the truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Hulsey/100002561657868 Michael Hulsey

    It’s odd, but whenever I see people jumping at the bit to tell me about how evil and nasty my race is, I get even more “racist.”

    Funny thing, that.  I don’t understand how anyone could fall for this.