With our narrow interpretation of racism it’s too easy to deny that we are racist

teach undergraduates at Western Sydney University, several hundreds of whom have, over the last five years, studied my unit, “The Racial State”. I chose this title to echo the seminal book of the same name by race critical scholar, David Theo Goldberg.

My students have no problem identifying racism; many of them live at its coalface. I am told countless stories about family members changing their names from Mohamed to say, Michael, in order to get a job. “Driving while Muslim” is a particularly relatable experience for many of my students, as is being asked “where are you really from?” Many have or know of stories of police harassment and racial profiling.

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Alana Lentin is the current ACRAWSA President. She is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at the Western Sydney University and works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. She is co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies. Her latest books are Racism and Sociology (with Wulf D. Hund 2014) and The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Gavan Titley, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Public Culture, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities, European Journal of Social Theory, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, Information, Communication and Society, etc. www.alanalentin.net.

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