I am currently teaching an upper-level seminar on the philosophy of race and gender; I have 18 students, 8 of which are male and 15 of which are white. Several students have expressed a concern that so many of our readings on race are written by non-whites, that none of our gender readings are written by men. To them, this indicates that some of the readings we have looked at are unfairly biased against men and whites. While I am doing my best to address this concern through more appropriate measures, it seems that what the students want to see is white academic philosophers working on race, and male academic philosophers working on feminist theory. Coming up with the former has been at least somewhat doable, but the latter is proving really difficult. Any help would be very much appreciated- either through a blog post, or through suggestions.
It seems to me a very important part of the response to this would be pointing out the high numbers of white men on the rest of their reading lists, and taking a close look at the concept of “unfairly biased”. However, I think it can also be important to show students that men can be feminists and that white people can be anti-racist. So please put your favourite suggestions in comments!