Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Notes on White Identity from James Perkinson's new book White Theology:

White identity as a condition of double-unconsiousness.

Whiteness is simply the unself-conscious reflex of a perception of difference that racial discourse and social structure stigmatize as "nonwhite" and "inferior."

It is the unexamined presumption of entitlement to material wherewithal gathered historically and continually from the populations of color that have been marked and constrained by those discourses and structures.

White identity is generally lived, that is to say, as a kind of "artless ignorance," an almost incorrigible lack of awareness of either one's racial position or of the actual cost to others of one's prosperity.

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