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The Color of the Race Problem Is White (video)

Robert Jensen

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"The Color of the Race Problem Is White"

a lecture by Professor Robert Jensen, University

of Texas at Austin

Author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism,

and White Privilege

recorded March 30, 2009

(lecture, 28 minutes; discussion, 24 minutes)

In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois suggested that the

question white people so often want to ask black people is, "How does it feel

to be a problem?" This program turns the tables and recognizes some simple

facts: Race problems have their roots in a system of white supremacy. White

people invented white supremacy. Therefore, the color of the race problem is

white. White people are the problem. White people have to ask ourselves: How

does it feel to be a problem?