[Marxism] The Whitesplaining of History Is Over - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 11 07:28:34 MDT 2018

Stanford’s first president, David Starr Jordan, was a key promoter of 
eugenicist theories of race. Now, Allyson Hobbs, an African-American 
historian at Stanford, has written an award-winning history of racial 
passing showing both the constructed nature of racial identity and the 
arbitrary nature of racial laws — with implications for policies about 
social identification and race today.
Another Stanford historian, Ana Raquel Minian, who grew up in Mexico, 
has utterly punctured myths about welfare-scrounging Mexican immigration 
to the United States in the 20th century — a burning political issue 
with pressing policy implications right now, which Professor Minian has 
discussed in various public venues.

Also at Stanford, the eminent historian of science and colonialism Londa 
Schiebinger has led international governmental efforts to address the 
fact that medical treatments and other technologies developed without 
attention to differing effects on men and women have historically posed 
enormous health risks—and market costs.

These are just a handful of examples from my immediate field and home 
department. All over the academy, historians are producing work relevant 
to policy and easily accessible to policy makers. Many work hard to 
share their work with the public.

full: https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Whitesplaining-of-History/242952

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