Walter Benn Michaels

Walter Benn Michaels is a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality (2006),  which has just appeared in a tenth anniversary edition, and, most recently, of The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy (2015).

Articles by this author

"Because racism is not the principal source of inequality today," write Reed and Benn Michaels, "anti-racism functions more as a misdirection that justifies inequality than a strategy for eliminating it." (Photo: Kena Betancu/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, August 15, 2020
The Trouble with Disparity
If the Covid-19 pandemic and the killings of unarmed Black people by the police have made visible the underlying inequalities of American life, both have been met with off-the-shelf analyses of, first, what's produced those inequalities and, second, how to eliminate them. The problem (thought to be...
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
It's Not Racism vs. Anti-Racism; It's Capitalism vs. Socialism
The following is the author's contribution to a forum by The Nation on the question of 'identity politics' in the wake of this year's election. Read the complete forum here . The defensible heart of identity politics is its commitment to opposing forms of discrimination like racism, sexism, and...
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