The Professor Is in: White Male in Black Studies

Karen Kelsky, Chronicle Vitae, February 17, 2015

I am a scholar of African-American history, race, and gender. (And thus well aware of the racial and gender bias that has dominated the academy.) Along with applying for positions in history departments I have been considering openings in African-American studies and in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Since I am a white male, should I acknowledge that fact in my letters of application? Clearly a basic Google search of my name would give the search committee that information, but would it be beneficial to provide that information up front?

To my mind, the best thing to do here is to openly acknowledge in your cover letters that you are a white male.

I’m not an expert in your field, and I’m also white, so I definitely have limited understanding of all the politics and agendas that come into play in a hiring situation like this. However, it seems to me that a white (male) scholar who does African-American history without naming himself as white runs the risk of recreating white normativity. I mean the kind of white privilege that suggests that white people are entitled to study any damned thing they feel like, and be considered “experts” at it in the context of a racialized academy in which everybody else’s–i.e., people of colors’–expertise is constantly scrutinized, questioned, and undermined.

Some might think that naming yourself as white would undermine your claims to expertise as a scholar in that field. But I believe it would actually support your claims, because there is no studying black history separate from the devastating histories of white academic and scientific discourses about African Americans that supported racism at every level. To identify yourself as white shows awareness of the structural privilege you enjoy vis-à-vis this history and the academy as a whole. To my mind (again, as a nonexpert in your field) that lends credibility to your claims of expertise.

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  • AmericanCitizen

    Sounds like the deluded rantings of a white Liberal who wishes he wasn’t white.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      “I’m also white, so I definitely have limited understanding of all the politics…”
      —————————
      By the unforgivable sin of being white, he already has a inferior grasp of reality? That sounds as close to racial supremacist theory as I’ve ever heard.

      • Kenner

        I’d like to think his ‘limited understanding’ was because he realized ‘all the politics’ was an incoherant pack of lies, but alas…

      • Anna Tree

        Yes, those liberal whites ARE race supremacist… but non-white race supremacist of course; as they say: that is okay: only “white supremacists” are bigots and racists.

        I don’t think myself as a white supremacist(*), not that there is anything wrong with it: I think every one and every race is entitled to think themselves as the best.

        In my opinion, the wish to have a white country is not white supremacy: every race is entitled to have his own country, it’s forbidding the others to have a country for their own race that is discriminatory: obviously today every race has his own countries except whites. And so, it is again the liberal whites and many non-whites who are the supremacists, as they see non-white countries as normal but the wish for white countries as bigot and racist.


        (*) The reason I don’t think myself as a white supremacist is because I believe we are the fruits of evolution and that means each race has evolved to be the fittest to the their own environment. So comparison as a whole is futile. Comparison in traits though is VERY necessary!

        I think killing or irrational discrimination are wrong, on the basis of race or else. Meritocracy is an example of rational discrimination. As is having male and female washrooms.

        Diversity is good in the macro brings frictions in the micro. I am against frictions therefor I am for natural separation(s).

  • Charles Martel

    Why would any white guy even try to get into that field? Was affirmative action not covered in his courses?

    • Reynardine

      Ethnic Ultra Masochism.

    • ejXinMI

      50 shades of white– (his fantasy). Rated XXX for violence, and…

    • Anna Tree

      To prove that blacks and black studies are racist?

      To bring his moral, oral and academic support about that whites are racists. He should do that, but it would be a white privilege if he get paid for this: to let blacks have his job/salary is the summit of his realization and acceptation of his guilt.

  • Lawrence Murray

    If you feel like such a danger to the field then don’t go into it.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Most white leftists whom I have known (including my sister) have been utterly miserable people. It is easy to understand why that is so. White leftist believe their people and only their people are the incurably perpetual cause of all the world’s problems, so their mere existence is evil. I find them abhorrent, too, but in a different

      • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

        You need to slap some sense into your sister.

        • Ike Eichenberg

          If only the mental illness that is liberalism could be cured with a simple slap of sense.

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            Hope she is not a mudshark.

          • Zimriel

            I hear you. I have a brother like this, SJW to the core (it’s apparently a heritable disease in my tribe, like Tay-Sachs). He’s ruined his life and now our parents have to infuse cash at him to keep him afloat.

          • Kenner

            It’s funny you compared it to Tay-Sachs, I almost posted the same observation re the Seattle Physics prof yesterday.

            If only we could bring back the cult ‘de-programming’ the courts threw out years ago.

      • Anna Tree

        And then we get this white priest who set himself on fire because of his white privilege/guilt or that German woman who sterilized herself to stop the bloodline of her alleged nazi genes (she is the grand-niece of Hermann Goering.)
        Insane.

        • I remember that story, a number of years back. It made me dizzy, among other things, because I thought only Nazis believed in genetic determinism.

        • BlueSonicStreak

          Excellent info, thank you. I believe that anti-white liberalism is so abusive to whites that part of the reason so many stay is the same reason battered women don’t leave their abusers.

          Stories about liberal whites doing incredibly suicidal and self-destructive things like setting themselves on fire, cutting their skin, and apologizing to their non-white rapists for being white is ammo for my theories about the psychological health of anti-white white liberals. I am collecting stories and links like this.

          • IBWHITE

            Oh yes. Another “He beats me because he loves me” story.

  • ncpride

    Here I am kicking myself for the few minutes of my life I wasted actually reading this pathetic drivel. Just another self-loathing, apologetic White chump who has bought the ‘narrative’ hook, line and sinker while admitting he has been totally emasculated. Wake up, idiot.

  • In summary:

    Ethnomasocistic gelding writes a letter, and raging lunatic responds.

  • Magician

    I stand by what I said a few days ago. If a white straight American male wants a job in America,

    1. Claim that you are gay in your CV and during your interview. (and then resume dating women after you get the job)
    2. Learn some Spanish and claim that your mother came to America from the poorest Hispanic country in this world
    3. Express how much you love muslims and Jewish folks ( John E. can do this perfectly)
    4. Express how much you hate your own race
    5. Tell the interviewers that you were very actively involved with anti-white clubs and movements during your college days
    6. Tell the interviewers that you spent thousands of dollars as a member of Peace Corps to spend a summer to volutarily help out locals in a developing country.
    7. Express how much you support the LGBT community and love your LGBT friends

    • MekongDelta69

      Also:
      7. Tell them you’re a tranny.
      8. Tell them you’re the son of an illegal alien.
      9. Tell them you’ve worked on every one of NoBama’s campaigns and you think he’s ‘the bomb.’
      10. Tell them your favorite music is rap and hip-hop.

      • Magician

        “9. Tell them you’ve worked on every one of NoBama’s campaigns and you think he’s ‘the bomb.’
        10. Tell them your favorite music is rap and hip-hop.10. Tell them your favorite music is rap and hip-hop.”

        Ha! Ha! You indeed have listed a few wise ideas that I have not thought of.

        • ejXinMI

          11. Tell them you hate being a man (make a slicing action near your groin).

          • Anna Tree

            12. Don’t forget to show them a picture of your non-white spouse and your mixed kids.
            13. The spouse should be of your sex, because of course you are a transgender.

      • LHathaway

        At the office building I worked at, one of the ladies has a picture of herself with Obama. Obama could sell these, I bet. Probably 20 to 30% of the women, perhaps more, seem to be married to men of color. The town itself was around 68% White, 30% Black and 2% other. Springfield, Illinois, anyway. Where they come up with the immigrant men of color, also receiving affirmative action, is anyone’s guess.

        I was a ‘repairman’, the reason I had a close look at everyone’s cubicle. I wonder if Lincoln would recognize his town . . .

        • John Smith

          I’m glad I left that F-ing state far behind.

          • LHathaway

            It’s interesting that most of the state is either white or black (with a very high population of whites) yet the husbands all seemed to be ‘other’. I guess at some point white women stopped carrying on so much with black men. They have too much respect for the black family.

    • JohnEngelman

      3. Express how much you love muslims and Jewish folks ( John E. can do this perfectly)

      – Magician

      You’re half right.

      • Magician

        Ha! I know what you mean.

        By the way, a blond woman in her mid-30s, who is a properly licensed nurse, told me a few months ago that at the end of her interview, she was actually told that she will not be hired because she is a white person.

        They do not even hide it any more.

        I want to slam the screen everytime I see, “We are a proud company that does not discriminate when giving jobs to people. By the way, specify your race when applying for a job at our company.”

      • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

        Engleman, is it true you love jews and muslims???? If so, then why are you here??

        • JohnEngelman

          You are half right. I have never expressed affection for Muslims. I am here because I enjoy investigating different points of view, and I enjoy political arguments.

    • 8. Allow the pomo generator to write your cover letter.

      • Fair Dinkum

        Number one should have been, “Claim you’re a Native American.” Hell, it worked for Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren.

    • Fair Dinkum

      Number one should have been, “Claim you’re a Native American.” Hell, it worked for Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      LOL, that should work. Is John E, John Engleman??

    • Sick of it

      Considering how diverse America is today, make sure you know about the demographics of a Latin American country before claiming to be from there.

  • TruthBeTold

    I’m not an expert in your field, and I’m also white, so I definitely
    have limited understanding of all the politics and agendas that come
    into play in a hiring situation like this.

    Oh come now. You know exactly how the game is played. You just don’t want to touch the racial third rail.

  • Race Heretic

    I have to second the comments about being a poor decision to enter that field, but in general, I think black people appreciate honesty (they tend to be less duplicitous and more honest about their feelings on things like this than whites in my experience), simply acknowledging that you’re white shouldn’t be a problem, especially since it will inform you viewpoint of race relations, and they’re going to find out anyway. Seems to me that they would feel like you were attempting to trick them if you didn’t acknowledge it upfront.

    I guess if a white male is convinced he wants to work in the field, this lady’s advice is pretty good, but better advice would be find something productive to do where people aren’t gonna hate you.

    • ‘but better advice would be find something productive to do where people aren’t gonna hate you.’

      Unless your goal is find a place where you’ll be treated like a second class citizen in order to do penance for your ancestor’s sins.

  • MekongDelta69

    You’ve heard the word, ‘psychobabble’ of course.

    The above is the same ‘academiababble’ which has been going on for fifty years.

    They are so incredibly unoriginal in their groveling…

  • superlloyd

    Yet another emasculated, White imbecile that has uncritically taken aboard the anti-White male narrative and ended up a self loathing, guilt ridden, impotent dupe and punchbag for the embittered failures he so blindly excuses and adores. Pathetic.

  • guest

    Only a White liberal would want to get into something like black studies. Soon, all the blacks will complain that he’s White and shouldn’t be in black studies and like every other liberal, he’ll fail to understand the obvious: it’s because nonwhite people see race. They don’t believe in the liberal fantasy-based belief that there’s only one race – the human race.

  • Alexandra1973

    If he wants some REAL black studies, he should come here.

    • Itachi

      Here?

      When I read your post I thought he should go to South Africa and live amongst and socialis with only blacks.

      Many US, German etc, students came to SA and I met many of them. They were all the liberal elite, educated in the best institutions in the world and they all made a point of befriending blacks. These friendship often did not end as they expected them to.

      Every now and then you would hear a despondent “racist” comment from one of them; a moment rationality, but this just disappeared immediately afterwards when the brain washing kicked in again.

      • Weisheit77

        Do you have an gruesome stories about multicultural relationships gone bad?

        My uncle, who lives in South Carolina, was working with a lady from Denmark. I forget the circumstances but the lady was appalled by the way my uncle described them. After 6 months she admitted to him that she understood his dislike of them.

        • Itachi

          An example would be a female student from Norway that hooked up with what was most likely a illegal Nigerian immigrant that was involved in some shady money laundering activities.

          She found out he was cheating on her, she broke it off with him. Just after that she finds out she got an STD from this guy.

          The guy was angry / saw an opportunity to make some money and went to her apartment and stole some of her and her flat mates items.

          To get it back she had to pay him. Lucky it did not end in violence.

    • Reynardine

      “I mean the kind of white privilege that suggests that white people are
      entitled to study any damned thing they feel like, and be considered
      “experts” at it in the context of a racialized academy in which
      everybody else’s–i.e., people of colors’–expertise is constantly
      scrutinized, questioned, and undermined.”

      Sorry we’re so good an analysing and classifying things, but any field where objective facts are completely sidelined in favor of subjective worship is a field of complete delusion.

      This white man is entitled to study any damned thing he feels like.

  • pcmustgo

    I took an african art class in college…. professor was a white female…That being said, this man is clueless. no jobs in black studies , so few hiring and being a white man? Watch him get bullied in his class.

  • pcmustgo

    what a P-===y

    • Alexandra1973

      Not even man enough for that, from where I sit.

  • JohnEngelman

    I wonder if this guy will keep his ideals after affirmative action keeps him from getting a job teaching black studies.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Liberal delusions are quite often more powerful than reality.
      I’d say 99% chance his white guilt is sufficient to keep his delusion.

      • JohnEngelman

        Delusions exist on either end of the political spectrum. People with strong political feelings allow their likes and dislikes to influence their judgement of what is true and false. Conservatives are by no means immune from this tendency.

        • LIBERTYSINCURSION

          Conservatives “allow their likes and dislikes to influence their judgement of what is true and false”. Example A: Conservatives < especially the Conservative Inc. "Conservatives" ) look at the flooding of Nation killing illegal alien invaders and see future Republican voters.

  • Reynardine

    I am a scholar of African-American history, race, and gender.

    Aaaaaaaand I stopped reading there.

    • HE2

      So did I. Up to here in that s**t.
      Here we have a White who just threw away a significant bit of his life to pursue a useless life course.
      And to what end?
      Sick and sad.

      • Charles Martel

        How is he ever going to pay back those student loans?

        • HE2

          I should care? This is likely a rock ribbed libtard, one who elicits not a scintilla of empathy in me.
          One can only hope he opens his eyes and SEES the writing on the wall…..someday.

        • llexik

          Hey now, I’m sure the local zoo could put his knowledge to use…

      • BlueSonicStreak

        I would disagree with you about his IQ. It was generally my experience in white liberal circles that we fell to the right, at least in terms of verbal IQ. Though I’m sure most white liberals would still be outclassed by the average white STEM major.

        It takes pretty smart people to come up with incredibly elaborate theoretical frameworks and then rationalize them in the face of all evidence that they are incorrect. There are innumerable examples of this out there, not just in politics.

        For years, I have privately called this The Smartest Person In The Room Syndrome – an explanation for why smart people can believe the dumbest things imaginable. When I was a liberal, I did see some people try to argue with the “white privilege” concept, but most of their arguments were pretty easy to poke holes in. When other people can’t argue on the same level, it only reinforces the idea that you are correct, even if you are actually terrifically wrong.

        • Riddle me this Batman.

          Why are people that tell us that IQ doesn’t exist when it comes to racial differences so proud of their high IQs?

          • BlueSonicStreak

            That is quite the contradiction, isn’t it?

            For the most part, I don’t recall seeing people brag about their IQ in so many words. As much as some of the theory suggests IQ might be a measure of academic access, that might be read as bragging about a kind of “privilege.” Definitely a no-no.

            But I do recall the glee when some studies came out suggesting liberals tend to have higher IQs than conservatives. Rather than taking that as a sign that liberals are grossly “privileged” in a way that must be “dismantled,” I guess everyone suffered temporary amnesia surrounding how much they don’t think inherent IQ is a thing.

        • Anna Tree

          I think you will like this quote:
          “Once people commit to a belief; the smarter they are the better they
          are at rationalizing those beliefs. Thus, smart people believe weird
          things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons.” Michael Shermer.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            Yes, exactly.

            Although Shermer himself is a hilarious example of his own explanation, as he appears to be a defendant of the idea that race is a social construct and stated in one of his books that everyone should consider themselves “African.”

  • DaveMed

    Along with applying for positions in history departments I have been considering openings in African-American studies and in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
    ________________________________________________________

    In other words, you are dead-set on being a useless drone.

    • Kenner

      Or useful idiot.

      • John Smith

        Nothing useful about him.

        • Kenner

          ‘Useful Idiots’ describes naifs easily manipulated by hard-core Marxists. They are legion.

          • John Smith

            Know that already, but I just wanted to emphasize that many are anything but, despite the implications of the Marxist doublespeak.

      • Reynardine

        Usefulness is a heteronormative, White, misogynistic concept.

  • ‘Dude’ is a lactating cuckold whose loafers are very light as well.

  • Tarczan

    “I am a scholar of African-American history, race, and gender.”

    I thought math, science, English or engineering were where scholars came from. Gender studies?

    With the race part I bet he knows all about crime rates and IQ differences among the races.

  • Jackytan

    What a dweeb, same guy that would collapse to his knees and prostate himself for every griping minority.

    • John Smith

      Probably can tell you if most black men actually have 12 inches after all that time on his knees before them.

  • Speedy Steve

    I am a scholar of African-American history, race, and gender.

    That sounds like a “no-heavy-lifting” job If ever I heard of one.

    • Kenner

      He’s already crushed by his imaginary burden of ‘white guilt’.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I know a white woman that applied for a job and in the race section she put herself down as white. Never got a call back. Then she applied again an put down black and she got a call. She said that she loved the looks on the faces of the people when she walked in. She ended up getting the job maybe because she was more qualified that a negro.

  • Ike Eichenberg

    “sexuality studies” = homo

  • Evette Coutier

    In other words, this bozo couldn’t survive a real academic program so he got a blow-off degree and he can’t find work.

  • Caucasoid88

    Doesn’t she just ooze enlightened progressivism and hipness? Chris Hayes’s more masculine sister.

    • Alexandra1973

      Those glasses actually look nice on a male Sim I’m playing in TS2.

  • TL2014

    Get out of that silly field of study.

  • Who Me?

    His daddy must be so proud of his little girl

  • phillyguy

    is a freak, should be exterminated

  • Hammerheart

    Let’s hope his love life is as barren of spark as his mind so his madness doesn’t taint the next generation.

    • John Smith

      Hopefully, he’s queer.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Too many people take prescription drugs these days.

  • LHathaway

    “I mean the kind of white privilege that suggests that white people are entitled to study any damned thing they feel like, and be considered “experts” at it in the context of a racialized academy in which everybody else’s–i.e., people of colors’–expertise is constantly scrutinized, questioned, and undermined”.

    So, if you’re a person of color, your expertise is constantly scrutinized, questioned, and undermined” but if you’re white, you should be limited as to what you are even allowed to study?

    Help me out here, is she going for a kind of irony? My brain tells me surely she must be. My heart tells me she is not.

    There is certainly something this high minded young lady can do, to end the constant scrutiny, questions and this horrid process of being undermined and devalued: end affirmative action.

  • Fee-fi-fo-fum

    A degree in Africa Studies is as useful as tits on a bull.

    • John Smith

      Less, even.

  • MartelsGhost

    After spending quite s few years studying the customers that regularly purchase yard bird at Church’s Chicken, KFC and Popeyes, I am also an “Expert” in the field of hyphenated gibsmedats and their local auxillary groups of dindunuffins. Where do I apply and will they provide me with ammo or do I bring my own to work? On a side note, I also have over a decades of observing ritualistic knee-grow pre-mating courtship behaviors from serving behind the counter at ABC stores………………………

  • Mr. L

    This guy probably gets a close hand study of blacks every night he comes home and sees his wife under one.

    • Reynardine

      Duh, that’s what got him started….

      “Why do they keep doing this… maybe I should write my thesis on it…”

  • dd121

    Whatever bad happens to this faggot is well deserved.

  • John Smith

    This guy deserves to be unemployed, but her career “advice” is the most idiotic twaddle I’ve ever read.

  • Kenner

    ‘Otiose’. Good handle for a dindu aspring rapper.

    • Reynardine

      And now the new hit single rap “Didnu Nuffins” by O-tiose, feat. Troubled Youfs and the St. Skittles Experience.

  • Who Me?

    This fool spent four years learning to teach NAM and females that they are victims and how to get the most “gibsmedat” from it. Now he wants a paying job to do it. After I laugh myself sick over his failure to secure the job of his dreams, I will wonder if he’s crazy (most likely), or if he’s crazy like a fox and setting himself up to get a multi-million dollar settlement for “discrimination”?

  • johningermany

    What kind of a worthless, wimpy, piece of s–t is this guy? He makes me sick.

  • Earl Turner

    Oh god.

  • Magician

    Speaking of which, if you see any young white woman considering going overseas to serve as a member of the Peace Corps, tell her that a disturbing number of young white women suffer sex crimes in the hands of the locals.

    I have not heard of any young black woman or any male Peace Corps member suffering any sex crime in the hands of the locals.

    If I ever see a young white woman considering going overseas as a member of the Peace Corps I will quickly and firmly tell her not to go. If she can’t believe it, she is welcome to google it.

    There are several thousands of ways she can be helpful to this world while in North America or in Europe