From the Editors
In “Whiteness as Property,” Cheryl Harris tracks the construction of whiteness in the United States as legalized power, specifically as property. Defining property as the expectation of the right to property, Harris paints whiteness as a legalized sense of entitlement. She cites as an example the American legal doctrine that to label a white individual “Black” constitutes defamation. As recently as 1957, Harris notes, calling a white person “Black” was a suable offence ...Keep Reading »
Yasmeen Ar-Rayani recently received her BA from Columbia’s program in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. She has conducted research on diasporic social movements, colonial geographies, and social action in Islam. She has worked with Students for Justice in Palestine and the Libyan League for Human Rights and is currently studying Arabic at the American University of Cairo.