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Episode Info: Childhood  innocence-itself raced white, itself characterized by the ability to retain racial meanings but hide them under the claims of holy obliviousness-secured the unmarked status of whiteness, and the power derived from that status, in the nineteenth and into the early twentieth centuries. Childhood innocence provided the perfect alibi: not only the ability to remember while appearing to forget, but even more powerfully, the production of racial memory through the performance of forgetting. What childhood innocence helped Americans to assert by forgetting, to think about by performing obliviousness, was not only whiteness but also racial difference constructed against whiteness.-Robin Bernstein, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights Robin Bernstein, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard UniversityRead more ยป

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