Dr. David Embrick: Sanctuaries of White Supremacy: Boundaries of White Space(s) and White Resistance to Change


The recent battles, both overt and subtle, regarding the removal of confederate statues and other symbols of white supremacy, is often assumed as a necessary action if the US, as a nation, is to move forward in terms of its racist past. On the one hand, some scholars argue that these acts represent a good first step in reclaiming white spaces in both our physical and mental landscapes. Other scholars such as myself argue, however, that, like the tip of an iceberg, the battle over the removal of confederate statues is minuscule against the larger foundation of white supremacy. That is, we need to pay more attention to the racial mechanisms present in our institutions and even larger social structures that serve to perpetuate both over and subtle racial discrimination. Our society, as a social system, is rife with various social institutions that serve the same purpose as the confederate statues that plague our parks, office, and other public spaces—to convey the message of white superiority. 

 Dr. Embrick will be sharing his lecture titled: Sanctuaries of White Supremacy: Boundaries of White Space(s) and White Resistance to Change Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Belk Library,  room 114


 Dr. David G. Embrick is an Associate professor in the Sociology Department and African Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2006.  He is a former American Sociological Association Minority Fellow; Past-President of the Southwestern Sociological Association; and current Vice President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and President-Elect of the Association for Humanist Sociology.  In addition, Dr. Embrick serves as Founding Co-Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, the newest ASA sponsored journal of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and Associate Editor of Social Problems.

Dr. Embrick’s research has centered largely on the impact of contemporary forms of racism on people of color.  While most of his research is one what he has labeled “diversity ideology” and inequalities in the business world, he has published on race and education, racial microaggressions, the impact of schools-welfare-and prisons on people of color, and issues of sex discrimination. Dr. Embrick has published in a number of journals including American Behavioral Scientist, Critical Sociology, Race and Society, Sex Roles, Sociological Forum, and Symbolic Interaction, among others. He has been invited to give talks and workshops on diversity, racism in the workplace, and professionalism in over 100 venues, both academic and public.


David G. Embrick, Ph.D.

Senior Research Specialist—2017-19; Institute on Race Relations and Public Policy (IRRPP), University of Chicago at Illinois

Visiting Scholar—2017; American Bar Foundation, Chicago

Visiting Scholar—2017; Northeastern University

Associate Professor in Sociology and the Africana Studies Institute, UCONN


President-Elect—2017, Association for Humanist Sociology

Vice President—2017/18, Society for the Study of Social Problems

Past-President, Southwestern Sociological Association

Founding Co-Editor, ASA SREM Journal: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Associate Editor, Social Problems

Dr. David Embrick
Published: Feb 1, 2018 3:29pm