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What is Whiteness?

 "It's like whiteness is everywhere and invisible all at once. So trying to put your hands around it is like trying to hold on to air."

~Gene Demby is host of NPR's The Code Switch Podcast

"I like to talk about whiteness right out of the gate as not just an identity but that which is embedded in various institutions and structures and practices. And the easiest place for me to do that is by pointing to the college as a predominantly white institution. One of the assumptions that students might come in with is that race is what other people have, right? I mean, this notion that whiteness - and this is what you alluded to at the beginning with the unpacking of the invisible knapsack and Peggy McIntosh and that classic piece, right - is the kind of invisibleness."

~Catherine Orr, Professor of Critical Identity Studies at Beloit College

For more, check out the full episode below.


Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend

In an era in which "I have many black friends" is often a medal of Wokeness, Ben hilariously chronicles the experience of being on the receiving end of those fist bumps.

The History of White People

Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of "whiteness" for economic, scientific, and political ends. A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of "race" is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed as it has been driven by a long and rich history of events.

Me and White Supremacy

This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

White Rage

From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America. Carefully linking historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Unequal Opportunity Race

White Supremacy

White Privilege

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