January 21, 2012
I'll keep it simple and say, no.
Not only that, but I believe that Whiteness (and subsequently all colorized racial designations) is socially constructed and harms White people in addition to people of color.
W.E.B Dubois because he's brilliant and a pioneer. His credentials speak volumes (though they shouldn't matter) but his voice speaks louder. His stance on education and his ability to articulate the plight of Black people in this country contemporaneously was prophetic. Beverly Daniel Tatum ("Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?") because she brilliantly began a very constructive conversation using a very simple but provocative question that stood out in a time when we as a nation were prompted by our President to have these conversations--making it harder to stand out. She establishes the issues and presents great solutions. Of course you can't ignore Michael Eric Dyson or Tim Wise who both speak and write brilliantly on the subject. Additionally, the real writers on racism weren't speaking about it from a sociological vantage point. They were speaking in acutely personal terms: Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou
Hi my name is Michael. I have little to say other than this topic is quite literally my life. I've spent the majority of my life post-undergrad studying (library) this subject and those that surround this topic. I'm in search of community and allies.