From the Editors of the MIX:
These were too good not to post… Enjoy the holidays…
Why are White people even worried about becoming minorities? Are minorities mistreated or something? pic.twitter.com/mCBsqQqqk2
— Asia Chloë Brown (@AsiaChloeBrown) December 24, 2015
George Yancy has a challenging essay on racism here: https://t.co/MVmZOkiVLO Sadly, he tells me he has had more hate mail over it.
— Peter Singer (@PeterSinger) December 25, 2015
In 2015, I conducted a series of 19 interviews with philosophers and public intellectuals on the issue of race. My aim was to engage, in this very public space, with the often unnamed elephant in the room.
These discussions helped me, and I hope many of our readers, to better understand how race continues to function in painful ways within our country. That was one part of a gift that I wanted to give to readers of The Stone, the larger philosophical community, and the world.
The interviewees themselves — bell hooks, Cornel West, Judith Butler, Peter Singer, David H. Kim, Molefi Kete Asante among them — came from a variety of racial backgrounds, and their concerns and positions were even more diverse. But on the whole I came to see these interviews as linked by a common thread: They were messages to white America — because they often directly expressed the experience of those who live and have lived as people of color in a white-run world, and that is something no white person could ever truly know firsthand.
George Yancy is a professor of philosophy at Emory University. He has written, edited and co-edited numerous books, including “Black Bodies, White Gazes,” “Look, a White!” and “Pursuing Trayvon Martin,” co-edited with Janine Jones.