Todd Shaw: A Vehement Mix of Ideological Passions

Roundup: Historians' Take

Todd Shaw is an associate professor of African-American studies and political science at the University of South Carolina.

George Lipsitz’s theory of "possessive investment of whiteness” partly explains why many in the white working class in the South remain strongly anti-Obama and strongly conservative. Given a history of racial discrimination against blacks and other minorities, Lipsitz reasoned that white identity has a “cash value” as accumulated from white advantages in education, occupational attainment, home values and wealth....

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