Oct 31, 2022
Baynard Woods is the author of the new book Inheritance: An Autobiography of Whiteness.
His essays and other writing have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and many other publications.
In this conversation, he reflects on the meaning of whiteness in American society and questions of denial, privilege, and responsibility. Baynard also explains how white racial identity has been created, sustained, and protected through a type of conspiratorial silence and violence across generations.
Baynard Woods shares what happened when he tried to disown whiteness by confronting his own family’s role in maintaining the white supremacist terror regime in the antebellum and postbellum American South. In the end, confronting and attempting to disown one’s inheritance of whiteness comes at a great personal cost – one that Baynard Woods was not fully prepared for.
Chauncey DeVega counsels balance and perspective about the upcoming 2022 midterms. To that end, Chauncey advises pro-democracy Americans that the war against neofascism and Trumpism and their related evils is going to very long and difficult regardless of what happens on November 8. Sustaining our collective humanity is going to be essential for victory.
There is also a Halloween themed “Easter egg” at the end of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.