Learning to be white in the USA: What will I do with you; Why do they hate us?
William Charland (BFA 1972, MFA 1978)
My experience, the framework through which I learned to see the world, is that of of the white male. In a country built on slave labor and colonialism, a country in which structural racism undermines many routes to life success, it is inevitable that white children will be exposed to certain beliefs about the races. These banners are part of a series "Learning to be white in the USA," which takes an anthropological approach to exploring racist thought, and the spoken and unspoken ways in which white society passes cultural beliefs and attitudes from one generation to the next.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.