Daily Archives: June 12, 2015

Visibility (HUM425)

I think I can safely assume that most of the class will have heard something about Rachel Dolezal by the time we meet again on Tuesday. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the basic facts, because I think this could be a great opportunity to discuss the issue of social power and visuality. Clearly, race is a category tied very closely to the visual register: the meaning of race, its presence, is– we’ve been taught– largely a matter of appearance and visibility. I can recommend Gary Younge’s very brief commentary as a place to begin: