About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Louis CK tonight...and why white privilege is funny

Off to see Louis CK tonight in Boston, with a jolly caravan of folks.

Here's one of my favorites -- I use it in my Color Line in Modern America class. Most white males seem to intuitively get the latter part, about losing privilege. Most white males don't seem to get the first part, about having privilege.

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