Autobiography of an Ex-White Man: Learning a New Master by Robert Paul Wolff

By Robert Paul Wolff

Autobiography of an Ex-White Man is an intensely own meditation at the nature of the USA via a White thinker who joined a Black reviews division and located his figuring out of the realm reworked through the event. The publication starts off with an autobiographical narrative of the occasions top as much as Wolff's move from a Philosophy division to the W. E. B. Du Bois division of Afro-American reviews on the college of Massachusetts, and his stories within the division along with his new colleagues, all of whom had come to Academia from the Civil Rights move of the Sixties.
Wolff found that the it appears basic act of relocating throughout campus to a brand new division in a brand new development labored a startling switch within the manner he observed himself, his collage, and his state. interpreting as generally as attainable to deliver himself up to the mark in his new box of educational accountability, Wolff learned after a section that his photo of yankee historical past and tradition was once present process an irreversible metamorphosis. the US, he discovered, has from its inception been a land either one of Freedom and of Bondage: Freedom for the few, after which should you are White; Bondage initially for the numerous, after which if you happen to usually are not White. Slavery is therefore now not an aberration, an twist of fate, a weird establishment -- it's the essence and middle of the yankee experience.
Wolff's confident outlook leads him to specific the wish that our acknowledging the realities of America's racial heritage and current will start to tear down the ambitious barrier to alter. He sees this refashioning of the yankee tale as a primary step towards the crafting of a very liberatory project.

Robert Paul Wolff is Professor of Afro-American experiences on the collage of Massachusetts-Amherst and the writer of various books, together with Introductory Philosophy and In safety of Anarchism.

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