NYT: ‘Whiteness’ to Blame For 2 Indian Boys Allegedly Attacking Black Girls in New Jersey

Monday, October 28, 2019
By Paul Martin

Chris Menahan
Oct. 28, 2019

White people are to blame for two Indian students allegedly assaulting a group of African-American girls at a high school football game in New Jersey, according to a column posted Saturday in the New York Times.

From The New York Times:
A Racist Attack Shows How Whiteness Evolves
An assault at a New Jersey high school football game had an unexpected cast of characters.

By Nell Irvin Painter
Dr. Painter is the author of “The History of White People.”
Oct. 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

While it’s tempting to see the reported ethnicity of the boys suspected in the assault as complicating the story and raising questions about whether the assault should be thought of as racist, I look at it through a different lens. Instead of asking what the boys’ reported racial identity tells us about the nature of the attack, we should see the boys as enacting American whiteness through anti-black assault in a very traditional way. In doing so, the assailants are demonstrating how race is a social construct that people make through their actions. They show race in the making, and show how race is something we perform, not just something we are in our blood or in the color of our skin.

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