American Whiteness as Perpetual Madness: Don Quixote Through the Lens of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped From The Beginning

  • Alice A. Oleson University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.A.

Abstract

In Stamped From The Beginning (2016), Ibram X. Kendi provides a typology of the ways in which segregationist racism, assimilationist racism, and anti-racism work in the U.S. through the lives of Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Angela Davis. Kendi’s book thus offers several lived-in models for probing the reach of Whiteness, racism, and anti-racism in specific places and times rather than in the abstract. The academic abstraction of real-world problems is a danger that Vine Deloria, Jr. discussed as a part of his leadership within the American Indian Movement of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Deloria asked youth to avoid being “ego-fed by abstract theories and hence unwittingly manipulated” (1969:84). In the analysis to follow, I apply Kendi’s typology of racist and anti-racist ideas to the novel Don Quixote as a practical work of anti-racism in the subject area of educational equity.

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Published
2017-11-08
How to Cite
Oleson, A. A. (2017). American Whiteness as Perpetual Madness: Don Quixote Through the Lens of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped From The Beginning. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 13(10). https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2017.v13n10p%p