Whiteness

Whiteness, as the term is used here, describes the cultural, historical and sociological aspects of people identified as white, and the social construction of whiteness as an ideology tied to social status. The articles on this page discuss white privilege in America. Please continue reading below the video.

White Power Rising

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Tom Hayden: We who were raised on the myths of pluralism and melting pots often have a hard time grasping the persistent growth of a Tea Party that still spouts the very doctrines which we believed were obsolete 50 years ago.

The Trouble With White People

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Scot Nakagawa: A growing body of research indicates that an increasing number of whites believe racism continues to plague us, but that whites, not people of color, are the new targets.

Racism: The Elephant in the Living Room

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Racism: Republicans blow fuses when somebody says the GOP practices dog-whistle politics to pander to white prejudice.

How White American Evangelicals Exploit African Homophobia

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African Homophobia: Denouncing homosexuality is one of the ways these African countries decry perceived neo-colonialism.

Model Minority American Exceptionalism Myth

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Soya Jung — The book, The Triple Package, is rife with American exceptionalism and model minority thinking – the notion that anyone can succeed in America if they just act right, and those who don’t will get what they deserve.

The Disadvantage of Being White

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Steve Hochstadt: Until the late 1960s the preferential treatment of whites and men was so normal that questioning it made headlines. That form of white male privilege is gone.

Sisterhood Ain’t Powerful: White Women’s Rights

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Black feminists are especially rankled by white women’s shopworn white supremacist resistance to even identifying themselves as white.

Stairway to Whiteness: Waiting for Sputnik

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Rudy Acuña: My reading of history tells me that American exceptionalism does not respond to reason; it does not respond to facts or appeals to the common good. So I am resigned to wait for the next Sputnik or for an implosion.

How Racial Profiling Feels

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Dan Bluemel: Being routinely stopped by police and searched for no apparent reason, or followed through a neighborhood only to be asked why they are there, are indignities the average white person will likely never suffer.

The Roots of White Rage

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Carole Emberton: The idea that fear is at the heart of the matter has emerged as a popular explanation for Trayvon Martin’s murder. There is another emotion with perhaps even greater historical valence for understanding these events: rage.

‘To Solve a Problem You First Have to Admit You Have One’

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Berry Craig: The right-wing, white guy punditocracy is in high dudgeon over President Obama’s comments about Trayvon Martin.

The Color-Line in American Criminal Justice

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Brian Goldstein: In California, there are a number of state criminal justice bills that require support when the legislature returns from recess in early August.

How to Seem Racist: A Guide

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Tina Dupuy: If you feel like Martin is responsible for his own death because he wasn’t docile and apologetic, you seem racist.

Paula Deen: Racist Jokes No Joke

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David Love: If you make a race-related joke, you’d better be funny or else. Don’t step over the racial humor line separating funny from racist.

Prison House of Textbook History: Remembering the Chicano Blowouts

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In the march of great Western liberal democratic traditions there were no textbook portrayals of the homegrown activism in our own communities or link between the apartheid legacy of the past and its echoes in the present.

The Lowdown on Accidental Racism

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Bruce Reilly: The sensational buzz around country star Brad Paisley’s song “Accidental Racist” is perfect fodder for a Twitter blurb — but is this the extent of racial analysis we can muster in America?

Indifference Can Destroy a Nation

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Charles D. Hayes: Devoid of compassion, mainstream indifference is a hostile, authoritative, and testosterone-laden environment where the weak are ridiculed and the poor are held in contempt.

Nice White Boys Next Door

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Sikivu Hutchinson: When you’ve been suckled on Ozzie and Harriet, its “hard” to have your whiteness referenced as a source of violence; especially by people of color.

Rich Klimmer: Pride of the American Working Class

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Mark Naison: Richie, a tough, working class kid from Chicago who had played basketball at Marquette, approached this campaign as if it might be the last of his life because, in fact, it was.

Message to My Fellow White People

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Tom Degan: The history of the next century will primarily be the story of how well (or badly) white America dealt with that inevitable change in the coutnry’s racial makeup. Deal with it well, my friends. History will smile upon you.

Post Racial America?! Hell to the No!

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Sheria Reid: No matter how well intentioned, burying one’s head in the sand and pretending that the monster doesn’t exist never works out well.

Gabby Douglas and White Man’s Privilege

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Bob Costas’ backhanded compliment of Gabby Douglas’ ability to overcome “imaginary barriers,” is undeniably a statement uttered by a rich white man, blinded by his privilege.

White People, Chris Rock, and the Long End of the Stick

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Sharon Kyle: Chris Rock’s reminder that slaves weren’t independent on Independence Day was only a big deal because he mentioned “white people”

These Low Information Voters Will Be Our Undoing

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David Love: Faced with hard times, people have clear choices. Either they join forces across racial and ethnic lines and fight their common adversary, or they double down on the dumbness, thrive on misinformation and assign scapegoats.

Art, Transnational Whiteness, and Racism

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Jessie Daniels: It’s the picture of the event – the cutting of the cake and the culture minister feeding the cake to the artist is really what created the big stir.

The Problem with White Guilt

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Sheria Reid: I’m tired of the generalization on the part of far too many white people that they have somehow borne and continue to bear the great burden of white guilt and that they’ve been treated so unfairly.

Trayvon Martin: White Picket Fences, White Innocence

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Fifty-seven years after Emmett Till was lynched in the name of white womanhood, the murder of Trayvon Martin—a beautiful son, friend, and prospective college student—is yet another testament to the terror of white picket fence innocence.

Kony 2012: Whiteness, Social Media and Africa

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Jessie Daniels: Kony 2012 is, then, an endorsement of the moral superiority of white values of reason, order, and now social media against the supposed chaos and violence of Africa.

Hey NBC, Monday’s Debate Panelists Need to Better Represent!

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Linda Milazzo: What’s truly needed in these debates are the images of a diverse blended America – not more monochromatic mirror images of the candidates themselves.

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