Why is my curriculum white?

This film from the UK examines Eurocentric bias in curriculum design, content and delivery from the perspective of university students in London. It offers an intelligent exposure and critique of whiteness in academia. Whiteness, however, is explained primarily through the lens of colonialism, imperialism, and empire. {The word slavery is never uttered, nor is it referred to in other ways.} CORRECTION: I somehow missed the reference to “slavery” in the film. Nevertheless, I maintain the point I made below that slavery is central to the social construction of whiteness.

Whiteness emerges through the process of racializing slavery. Europeans became “white” by “blackening” Africans and consigning them by law to permanent and hereditary servitude. For the sake of context, I thought I should add that point. But I sincerely don’t want it to detract from this fine film and the brilliant people it features.




Jan Carew

Jan_Carew_(24 September 1920 – 5 December 2012)

For his wiki entry click here …This feature page on Chickenbones, written by his dear friend and countryman Eusi Kwayana, contains detailed information on his life, career, and literary oeuvre.

Travel in peace, Baba Jan, on your journey to the village of the ancestors …