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Whiteness



“Whiteness” is a socially constructed learned set of behaviors and expectations that has been created to enforce privileges and power for people who appear white-skinned. It is a shifting space with muddied borders that separates the privileged and entitled from those who are exploited for the very reason that they do not appear or behave in a manner deemed appropriately “white.” Whiteness is also often invisible to white people; they may not understand it or see it, as it is the default setting of almost all neutral or positive social representations and expectations in Western cultures, such as pale beige colors being described as “flesh” or “skin-tone.”

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Muhammad Ali—Dropping Knowledge (1974)

Muhammad Ali speaks with David Frost in this 1974 interview.

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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Toni Morrison brings the genius of a master writer to this personal inquiry into the significance of African-Americans in the American literary imagination.

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5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Be a Better BIPOC Ally

Sometimes, doing the work means looking at yourself and your actions first.

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FindCenterWe have to constantly critique imperialist white supremacist patriarchal culture because it is normalized by mass media and rendered unproblematic.

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A Conversation With White People On Race - Op-Docs - The New York Times

This short documentary features interviews with white people on the challenges of talking about race.

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Dear White Peacemakers: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace

Dear White Peacemakers is a breakup letter to division, a love letter to God’s beloved community, and an eviction notice to the violent powers that have sustained racism for centuries.

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This Racist S*** Won’t Change Until White Folks Put in the Work

What is shocking is how many white folks are trying to distance themselves from the problem instead of being part of the solution.

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The Lie that Invented Racism - John Biewen

To understand and eradicate racist thinking, start at the beginning. That’s what journalist and documentarian John Biewen did, leading to a trove of surprising and thought-provoking information on the “origins” of race.

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Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm

Building on the groundwork laid in the New York Times bestseller White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo explores how a culture of niceness inadvertently promotes racism.

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‘White Fragility’ Is Everywhere. But Does Antiracism Training Work?

Robin DiAngelo’s best seller is giving white Americans a new way to talk about race. Do those conversations actually serve the cause of equality?

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