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Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520280861

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520280861.001.0001

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Origin Stories about Segregationist Philanthropy

Origin Stories about Segregationist Philanthropy

(p.116) Chapter 5 Origin Stories about Segregationist Philanthropy
Waste of a White Skin

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

University of California Press

“Origin Stories about Segregationist Philanthropy” examines how the race for eugenics has been conflated with national scientific achievement in the study of South Africa as a modern nation. Thereby abetting the manufacture of white citizenship and transforming settlers into white people—as prophylaxis against travel writer Anthony Trollope’s 1877 prediction that South Africa would always be a “black man’s country.” While such South African exceptionalism is offered as a way of telling a particular domestic history, this erases South Africa’s imbrication in colonial science. A more thoroughgoing history of how foundations have marked blackness as the living standard of poverty in the process of industrialization is necessary. Thus, the chapter explains more about slavery and why African women’s production and reproduction must be spatially removed from what we understand as industrialization and, finally, why impoverished white people must come to stand in for the only opponents of class exploitation.

Keywords:   Africanization of science, South African social science, origin stories, origins of segregationism, South African exceptionalism, colonial science, re-classifying job categories, evicting African women, blackness as the living standard of poverty, prior poor white campaigns, slavery foundation nexus

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