On MTV’s “White People”

An exciting new program will debut on MTV July 22 called “White People.” As the trailer (below) suggests, the show seeks to examine white privilege through the eyes of young caucasians, almost all of whom probably have a leg up on African Americans, Latinos, and perhaps even some Asians in terms of smarts, education, and job opportunities, simply because of the color of their skin.

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White Identity and the Limits of Free Speech

Today Sociology and African American Studies Professor Saida Grundy officially joins the faculty at Boston University. As someone attempting to come to terms with my own identity I am delighted to welcome such a courageous colleague to the academy.

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Boston U Prof. Saida Grundy [Image Credit: Twitter]
In May a controversy erupted when the vivacious incoming assistant professor “Tweeted” remarks construed as racist by some close-minded observers. For example, in January 2015 she wrote,

Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. and every year i find it nearly impossible.

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