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Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams

Scene on Radio is a podcast from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and distributed by PRX.

LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE, BABY, AND WHAT WHITE PEOPLE REALLY MEAN WHEN THEY SAY THEY DON'T SEE IT. WHETHER IT'S WILLFUL IGNORANCE ABOUT COLLECTIVE RACIAL IDENTITY OR AN UNEXPECTEDLY DEFENSIVE FLARE-UP FROM SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO BE PROGRESSIVE OR AN INTERSECTIONAL FEMINIST, WHITE FRAGILITY HAS SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. WE DISCUSS ITS IMPACT ON PEOPLE OF COLOR WITH RACHEL CARGLE, AND EXPLORE WAYS FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO BREAK DOWN INTERNAL BARRIERS TO GROWTH WITH ROBIN DIANGELO. IF YOU ARE WHITE AND LISTENING TO THIS, STICK WITH IT, EVEN IF YOU'RE CONFUSED OR UNCOMFORTABLE.

A show that discusses education, culture, and local activism made by teachers who ask the essential question, “How can white women use their privilege to deconstruct white culture, confront their own biases, be better allies, and be less basic?”