The Right Coast

February 24, 2005
Are you really a white person?
By Tom Smith

From our Pacific correspondent comes this charming essay by the woman who introduced Ward Churchill, of recent fame, at his appearence at the University of Hawai'i. Extra points for those who can detect the considerable irony of the author, given her views of what makes a person white, being the one who introduced Professor Churchill, whose non-whiteness seems to be open to some doubt. There seems, in short, to be a double standard regarding who gets to pretend not to be white. Boy, this is getting complicated.