Conversation Of The Week XXIX: Understanding Whiteness & Unraveling Racism

April 16, 2012
Written by Abby L. Ferber Ph.D. Professor of Sociology in
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Dr. Laurie Lippin, author of Understanding Whiteness/Unraveling Racism shares her insights and knowledge on Intersections Radio. Photo Credit:

Each week, the White Privilege Conference and the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, housed at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), hosts a half hour radio show called Intersections Radio that features an interview with a different author, scholar, and/or speaker.

In this segment, Laurie B. Lippin, Ph.D., author of Understanding Whiteness/Unraveling Racism, explains how her book makes whiteness and white privilege visible, revealing the cultural and institutional structures that keep white dominance in place. The book is both a workbook and reader, providing tools for examining what it is to be white in the U.S., for addressing fear and guilt as barriers to dismantling racism, and for identifying the small daily acts and larger organized movements that further the struggle for social justice and equality. It includes analytical essays, narratives, and poems from a variety of diverse perspectives. Numerous experiential exercises also aid readers in deepening learning through one's own life. Dr. Lippin is a passionate presenter whose commitment to diversity inspires all who work with her.

She is the principal of Lippin & Associates and also teaches at the University of California, Davis. A frequent WPC conference presenter where her keynotes and seminars are enthusiastically received, Laurie believes we need to work as individuals and in coalitions to bring needed societal changes and equity for all.

Intersections Radio is hosted by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., founder of the White Privilege Conference (WPC), which is held annually in cities across the United States; and Daryl Miller, who works with the WPC and other programs of the Matrix Center. The WPC is an award-winning national diversity conference that serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression, and works to dismantle systems of power, prejudice, and inequality. College students from around the country participate in the conference for academic credit.

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Submitted by SBU-11S2012 on

Racial discussions such as this is a great way to beginning solving the racist issues in our society. Especially discussions regarding white privilege. Whenever I mention this term around my friends, they rarely know what I am referring to. It often takes explaining something a few times to really understand what I am talking about. I definitely think this a problem, and talk shows like this can hopefully spread this important knowledge.

I agree, talking about racial

Submitted by SBU-14S2012 on

I agree, talking about racial issues is important. Just like talking about racist issues with black, spanish, etc. people, its important to talk about white privilege and race. Although doing it in the right context is always a good thing, but things need to be said about race and that is the only way we are going to solve any issues dealing with race.