Property of Whiteness

Videos shown in Critical Race Theory on July 16, 2008
“Whiteness as Property”
Phillip L. Vasquez and Carrie Kortegast

(from handout on July 16, 2008)
The property of functions of whiteness:
The law has accorded holders of whiteness the benefits and privileges accorded to holders of other types of property:

  1. Rights to disposition
  2. Right to use and enjoyment
  3. Right to reputation
  4. The absolute right to exclude


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