What does it mean to “be” a white American? How does whiteness relate to blackness, or brownness, redness, or yellowness? What’s behind America’s preoccupation with race? Will Americans ever get out of their own way when it comes to addressing past and contemporary racial disparities?
This course tackles these questions by examining the sociological, philosophical, psychological theological and anthropological “religious” dimensions of the idea of whiteness. Working with various definitions of both “religion” and “whiteness” throughout the course, students will wrestle with perennial questions of race, religion, and identity. (HU)