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Join Jessie Daniels for a discussion of her new book 𝘕𝘐𝘊𝘌 𝘞𝘏𝘐𝘛𝘌 𝘓𝘈𝘋𝘐𝘌𝘚: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘚𝘶𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘺, 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘙𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘐𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘞𝘦 𝘊𝘢𝘯 𝘏𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘐𝘵. Dr. Daniels will be in conversation with Alyssa Bowen and Carla Shedd. In Jessie Daniels' new book NICE WHITE LADIES: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We Can Help Dismantle It (Seal Press; October 12th), Daniels connects the recent historical research documenting the cruelty of white women slave owners in the antebellum South to those behind the effort to establish monuments to the Confederacy, to the majority of white women who consistently vote “against their own interests” and for the GOP. But the damage that nice white ladies do is not easily cordoned off as an issue on the right. There is, this book suggests, a kind of narcissism and sadomasochism at the heart of whiteness. Daniels closes the book with a roadmap for other white women with practical steps for how to affect much-needed change. Ultimately, NICE WHITE LADIES, shows how white women can be more than allies—they can be trusted accomplices in a shared mission of liberation for us all.


Jessie Daniels, PhD is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is an internationally recognized expert on internet manifestations of racism, and the author of several books, including White Lies (Routledge,1997) and Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), which examine white supremacist ideology on either side of the rise of the popular internet. Some of her writing for a general audience has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, and in literary magazines. In 2022, she became a regular columnist for DAME magazine. Daniels is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute (2020-present), a Faculty Associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center, and a past Faculty Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute (2018-2019). Her work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. Her latest book is Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We Can Help Dismantle It (Seal Press 2021). The book received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was included on their list of Best Nonfiction of 2021.

Alyssa Bowen received her PhD in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2021. She is currently a researcher for the progressive watchdog group True North Research where she tracks and writes about dark money in U.S. politics. She is an editor for The Activist History Review and a regular contributor for Truthout.

Carla Shedd is Associate Professor of Sociology & Acting Coordinator of Africana Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) whose research and teaching focus on: race and ethnicity; educational justice; law and society; social inequality; and urban policy. Shedd’s award-winning first book, Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice, examines the symbiosis between public school systems and the criminal justice system, specifically highlighting the racially stratified social and physical terrain youth traverse between home and school in Chicago. Shedd’s second book project, When Protection and Punishment Collide: America’s Juvenile Court System and the Carceral Continuum, draws on her one-of-a-kind empirical data to interrogate the deftly intertwined contexts of NYC schools, neighborhoods, and juvenile justice courts.

This event is organized and hosted by Center for the Study of Women and Society and is co-sponsored with The Center for the Humanities, PublicsLab, the Graduate Center Program in Sociology, and The Feminist Press.