Video: Why White?

Video: Why White?

When we speak about white people today in America we bring together a hodge-podge combination of biological, geographical, and social characteristics that we have come to accept and take for granted. More often than not we understand someone to be white simply because of their skin color and their ancestry. However, as Lawrence Grandpre argues, with a critical look into history we see “whiteness” as a political tool, not necessarily a color or a racialized culture.

This video is the beginning of a series in which I will use multimedia and digital storytelling to look into the creation and maintenance of the concept of whiteness. Discourse on race continues to be challenged in the academic world, yet many great analyses and perspectives on race tend to go unnoticed, or are simply too confusing to read. It is time to bring forward these discussions into the public and condense them in a visually stunning and comprehensive manner. Although many believe we have exhausted the topic of race, and have made great strides in eliminating racism from society, in reality we have only scratched the surface.

While this video has been posted as an interlude into our new video series, it will be the first and last video featuring the events that are unfolding at Towson. It is important to engage supremacism and racism, however, it is equally important to respect the students and faculty at Towson. Those who I have spoken with are not interested in entertaining the controversy and would rather focus their attention to more demanding and relevant issues such as the MD DREAM Act or higher education reform. On the other hand, I have also spoken with a number of students that believe ignoring this group is a severe mistake. It’s a tricky balancing act.

Instead of directly engaging the controversy at Towson it is perhaps more meaningful to examine the larger dynamics at play that characterizes and influences everything from American politics to our social lives. Stay tuned for my weekly episodes, as we summarize major scholarly developments and theories into relevant and engaging media presentations.




Glenn Daniels Jr is a senior at Towson University majoring in Anthropology and Cultural Studies. His interests include audiovisual and multimedia production, visual anthropology, social movements, tackling issues of race, and "organizing and agitating." He can be reached at glenndanielsjr[at] and on Twitter @lemonsandkiwi.