Whites: Made in America: Advancing American Philosophers’ Discourse on Race th andek a Andover Newton Theological School Introduction “Racism” and “white privilege” have outlived their usefulness as concepts and judgments. Neither term explains what’s going on in America today. Two factors now necessitate a conceptual shift. First, the unexpected election of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth Presi- dent of the United States. Mainstream news reporters, political pundits, and social media commentators now have to discover and explore what they overlooked during their coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign: the needs, issues, interests, and narratives of white middle-class and working- class Americans. Second, Hillary Clinton’s categorization of Trump supporters as “the bas- ket of deplorables”; “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic”; and “irredeemable” and “not America.” The backlash that followed forced Clinton to apologize for not empathizing with whites whose concerns for self-preservation, religious beliefs, and financial self-interests led them into Donald Trump’s camp. The construction of a new set of multicultural and multiracial categories will advance white racial discourse in America. American philosophers have a special role to play here because the requisite fieldwork includes moral val- ues formation, which is in the philosophic domain of ethics. This discipline includes
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