Whiteness, White Privilege, and White Responsiblity


This is a collection of resources on whiteness, white identity, white privilege, and white supremacy.

Whiteness and white identity are NOT the same thing although some anti-racism training conflates the two.

White supremacy is often thought to be connected only to extremist, right-wing hate groups. However, the term white supremacy is also a more specific term for racism and a more accurate descriptor for the reality of the everyday experiences of people of color. It exists in both the overt form of right-wing white power groups, as well as a form of oppression that is reproduced by the everyday practices of a well-intentioned liberal society. Example: Appeals to colorblindness; whiteness as the norm. Research has also found that a lack of ethnic identity among young white skin Americans has contributed to the rise of a white identity that is centered on race.

The white supremacy collections brings together resources to help increase awareness of white supremacy as well as identify the simple and complex ways we can each take to dismantle its system of white privilege, racialization, and oppression.


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A review of Thandeka's book Learning to be White. The governing category in Thandeka's analysis is "white shame." Shame in general, in her hermeneutical glossary signifies a deepseated conflict of sensibilities internal to one's personality, a…

Series of 14 Episodes. Transcripts available. Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics.…

23 mins. podcast (audio) from NPR CodeSwitch. The evolution of a nickname for a certain type of white woman. Here's an excerpt: "When I was growing up in the 1950s and '60s, Karen was a name that was everywhere — but in a different way than it is…
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