What Is Going On? Where Do We Go from Here? Should the Souls of White Folks Be Saved? gregory fernando pappas Texas A&M University in “whites: made in america,” the Rev. Thandeka takes on the issues that have recently been in the minds of many Americans in light of racial problems and the shocking results of the elections: “What is going on?” She does not pretend to provide a full diagnosis, but argues that there is a need for a new conceptual shift and new target of our inquiries. Thandeka argues that underneath the veil of whiteness, there are troublesome feelings and emotions that need to be revealed and, if possible, transformed. What we find are not feelings of racial supremacy, but feelings of “fear, dread, confusion, anger, rage, shame, anxiety, sorrow, embarrassment, humiliation, and loss.” Historical events have helped create “the white psychological mind-set of ter- ror, fear, and trembling when the white body becomes its own victim.” It is then not surprising to have a Trump. “Trump, simply put, did not create the toxic system of white voter anger, fear, rage, desperation, and frustration that brought him to the forefront of American electoral politics in 2016. Rather,
The Pluralist – University of Illinois Press
Published: May 5, 2018
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