|July 30th, 2011||#1|
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#1 White Privilege Thread
|July 31st, 2011||#2|
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It is very true. White privilege is, as it always was, a myth.
What? Does anyone believe that the Gods our ancestors believed in at our greatest moments of superiority and expansion in the history of the west, were written on the mountains and carved into the trees by nature?
The only good reason being that such stories produced emotion that nothing in nature not-created-by-man could, just as we create music to hear something superior to anything we can hear in nature to get an emotional response to move us from the loser status of a swamp to the most glorious figure of man.
Hard to see for the masses today. Emotionless robots processing all of the logical data they see. They, and even many so-called racist whites, try to 'logic-out' a good reason for their superiority that the supposedly 'equally-human' opponents could agree to.
Now that is the myth of myths that nobody will believe! Our ancestors toyed with no tomfoolery! They just fucking destroyed the people not like them who would not be subjugated (or imprisoned them for slave labor), took their shit, and watched their people become great. An opponent is an opponent, and if the opponent will not be subjugated to be your slaves, they die. That is the law of history (which the present white retard slaves think their era has 'solved', against all laws of nature, they can't even think how better their lives could be). The Greeks, the Romans, they didn't give two shits what their opponent thought since their opponent would either be enslaved or dead.
Kinda like the Jews do today, no? Well, what happens if you don't pay the IRS? What happens if you are not a nation who subjects itself to the stock markets, international finance, the IMF?
It's all a myth; and a testament to the retardation and degradation of our genes and health that our people cannot see that the preaching of white inferiority in our occupied-by-aliens so-called learning institutions, is also a myth.
Our ancestors subjected themselves to such 'art' because it bettered them, made them stronger, made their lives and the lives of their sons and daughters more prosperous.
And now? They want to call this art they eat by the spoonful in academia and in the media, 'progress'? Helpful? To whom?! Go out to the lake and look at your Jews cruising around on their boats, your nigger football players with their mudsharks, your mexicans taking your jobs for peanuts, and your own sons and daughters struggling as 'equals' AT BEST, or SLAVES at worst! Disavowing the thought of having kids or a family, because they can't even afford a good home and stable comfortable life unless they become a cold Jew themselves!
One myth made our kind grow, the other is making sure our kind stay shackled, and die out.
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|April 9th, 2012||#3|
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Deconstructing the Whiteman
This is what it is... taking what is natural and normal and attacking it as abnormal, odd, unusual or even evil. It's deconstruction of one's most basic definitions of their self and world around them. It is meant to make one self conscious, and unable to act appropriately in their society. It intends to rob them of identity so they lose power.
Its all an extension of the marxist Frankfurt school of cultural critique.
The above link is my first exposure to it in high school in the sixties.
|August 17th, 2013||#4|
Anti-White Verbal / Conceptual Attacks: 'White Privilege'
'White privilege' was ubiquitous in leftist media by 2013. The concept is intellectually incoherent, it's simply used as a way to argue without arguing that whites earn nothing and are given everything. All at the expensive of non-whites and women.
In this article, the hard work and careful thinking that goes into starting a busines - yep, it's "white privilege." That doesn't even make sense. As most of the time, the writer using the term is a jew, and as all the time, the article is an attack on white men.
|August 17th, 2013||#5|
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Let's see: Jordan Weissman and "Ross Levine, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, and Yona Rubinstein, a professor at the London School of Economics". Analysts and editor...
No mention in the "scholarly article" but if my life depended on it I'd have to guess that these distinguished academics would no doubt be most comfortable in the rather large group that imagines jews are "white people".
No way out but through the jews.
|August 17th, 2013||#6|
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Unless they changed something, our government helps minorities start businesses, and has rules that the feds have to contract with minority businesses.
|April 3rd, 2014||#7|
(#1 White Privilege Thread): Marxist Anti-White Concept of 'White Privilege' is Big Business
[read the article, but dont miss the comments below. see how many people simply refuse to believe this article is true - they think it's an april fool's joke because it was published on 4-1.]
AndrewX cloud_buster • 15 hours ago
You know what is deeply disconcerting is that as a white person, I NEVER had the slightest reason, EVER to think in terms of my own "racial pride" or whatever, and never thought much of those who did. ( I still have mega-issues with the whole rap in general.)
So I NEVER even considered any of this..... until the last few years. Until the preponderance and power of people like this loathsome Radersma harridan, not to mention Eric Holder et al... forced me to start considering my own race and where it fits in, etc etc.
And frankly, that very reality makes me sick.
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Some Guy disqus_qIrSXYODkm • 14 hours ago
On the first day of my required Social Justice class I had to take to get my masters in ED. that's exactly what the white teacher told me.
All white people are racist, minorities can't be racist, and the purpose of the Social Justice class is to fight white privilege.
Then it dawned on me that the idea of Social Justice perpetuated by these people isn't about the concept of justice equaling fairness, but justice as in punishment for committing a crime.
White people must be punished for being white.
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IA_Adam • 2 days ago
White hating is racism. And more and more whites are beginning to figure that out. I, for one, do not want racist, white hating pigs running my life. Go to hell.
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disqus_qIrSXYODkm another_engineer • a day ago
My white nephew was beat up by a couple of black kids at his middle school here in Madison, and my nephew was suspended because he argued with the black kids before they beat him up.
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Matt Logan another_engineer • 2 days ago
Actually, you should read the letter Jennifer Cheatham sent to parents about the reasons:
I’m excited to tell you that tonight, the Board of Education adopted our district’s new Behavior Education Plan. This new plan will move our district away from a model that only punishes to one that provides students with an opportunity to learn positive behavior.
We know, from our own experiences as well as national research, that zero-tolerance policies that result in frequent removal from school are ineffective and in fact have a negative impact on student outcomes – lower academic achievement, dropout rates and increased likelihood that a student will enter the criminal
We have all heard real stories of students whose education or lives were altered by this type of approach. And for every story that we’ve heard, there are countless more students in our community who have had these experiences. We also know from our data that these policies disproportionately affect certain groups of students, especially our African American students and students with disabilities.
It is that reality that has pushed us to make this systemic change – one that will reduce the amount of time students are removed from the classroom and reduces the disproportionate impact these practices have on our students.
Developed with the input of community members, teachers, principals and students, the Behavior Education Plan marks the start of making that shift as an entire district. If we are going to close opportunity gaps and make our vision as a district a reality, we need to ensure that all students are in school learning and all schools are provided the systems and supports to serve students better
than ever before. We believe the Behavior Education Plan provides a powerful opportunity to do that and we are excited to get to work.
In the coming months, you can expect more information about the plan so that you are well-informed for the start of next school year. In the meantime, you can read the plan on our website at www.mmsd.org/behavior-educatio....
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JohnSkookum Matt Logan • a day ago
Yep, I thought as much. Daily beatings for white and Asian nerds at the hands of their "oppressed" classmates who would have otherwise been suspended or expelled.
And the white and Asian punching bags will be suspended right along with their attackers, to make the racialist bean counters happy.
This is the future of America unless we wake up and take it back. First of all, we need to abolish public-employee unions and tenure, so this kind of filth never works for the taxpayers again as long as she lives.
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|April 3rd, 2014||#8|
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I guess I do have White Privilege because my kids go to an all white rural school. Even with that I have to watch what they are learning so I can correct it. If your kids go to public school then talk to them every day in case they learned some liberal crap that day.
I hope to retire in 2-3 years and when I do my kids will be home schooled. I can say without a doubt I learned more in 1 year after I quit school then I did in 10 years.
I wish to thank Alex and all the great posters here for information I would never heard about before and I do pass what I learn to people in my everyday life.
|April 19th, 2014||#9|
Join Date: Jul 2012
This "white priviledge" shit has nothing to do with marxism. It's a merely Frankfurt School critical theory which is based in Antonio Gramsci's work. The old left was exclusively about the proletariat rights, maybe equal rights to women also.
I bet Durruti, Lenin or Engels would shot most self proclaimed marxists supporting the degeneration of the post-modern world.
Marx was ok, nothing great, not deserve so much attention as many people give him. "but Stalin killed many people in Holodomor". Stalin was a revisionist (oftenly patriot and anti-capitalistic degeneration).
When we say that both left (communism) and right (capitalism) is controlled by you-know-who we're not telling lies, since the modern left-wing consist only in giving focus in the social. The origin of the left-wing was to oppose the extra-european element of the industrial revolution, the greedy capitalist enslaving the native european and bringing non-whites into the Europe, even if they were showed up as an animal, that is the start point of the modern mass immigration.
Nowadays, the left was hijacked by the petty bourgeois with their idea which fit perfectly into the globalist banks and corportation will. The working class of western countries doesn't want more immigration, the immigrants doesn't want to be exploited by corporations that will pay almost nothing just because they are ilegal.
Anarchist & Racist
|May 1st, 2014||#10|
a princeton student speaks against white privilege, guess what? he's a jew
|May 1st, 2014||#11|
If you don't see the common mindset, I don't know what would persuade you.
|September 19th, 2014||#13|
'Whiteness Studies': Genocidal Antiwhitism Masquerading as Academic Discipline
COLLEGE LAUNCHES GROUP FOR WHITE STUDENTS TO COMBAT THEIR WHITE PRIVILEGE
by MACAELA BENNETT - HILLSDALE COLLEGE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Group aims to tackle ‘what it means to have whiteness’ and how to be ‘part of the solution’
Stonehill College has launched a campus group for white students to discuss “what it means to have whiteness” – and what they can do to help offset the perceived injustices caused by their skin color.
“Exploring Whiteness” was introduced at the private, Massachusetts-based Catholic college this fall, and will delve into how “identity and privilege intersect,” an online description of the club states.
“White students want a place to explore what it means to be white,” Liza Talusan, the director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs, told The College Fix in a telephone interview. “Forever, you’ve grown up being told not to talk about it — that diversity is for brown people —they’re so scarred from being told for so long that they can’t talk about it.”
Common themes expected to be explored include “what it means to have whiteness, what is white as a cultural experience, systemic and institutional privileges that are associated with whiteness, and the ways in which white allies can interrupt the cycle of racism in our society,” a description of the group states.
The dialogue group will meet weekly, led by a couple of student facilitators, and discuss personal experiences related to diversity and how they can correct related social injustices. The group will not be focused on political or related topics.
“We don’t want them to feel like they have to have a position on political topics and risk being criticized,” Talusan said. “They’ll be given one assignment a week that just has to do with noticing. Like spending a week looking at who is in positions of power and who is cleaning up after the show. The goal for any of these groups is for people to be more aware of what’s around them.”
As the name and description suggest, only “those identifying as white” will be allowed to participate in the discussion group.
“All of our groups are self-identified, so if they self-identify as white, of course they’ll be welcome, but if they can’t articulate a connection, we’ll tell them no,” Talusan said. “It needs to feel like a safe space where people won’t judge them.”
She said the group is deliberately titled to ensure it’s not misrepresented as a “white power group,” and an online description explains the group is for “students from European heritage backgrounds who come together to discuss issues of diversity and their desire to engage in inclusion work.”
Stonehill led a pilot version of the group last year in which 10 to 12 students participated. Talusan said bigger numbers are expected for this year due to the interest shown from almost 30 students at the college’s recent activities fair.
The group held its first meeting on Sept. 8, at which four students attended in addition to the student facilitators, she said.
Talusan said she believes the group benefits the college community and hopes other colleges follow suit in establishing similar groups.
“My entire philosophy is that one type of person can’t solve the world’s problems, we have to work together,” she said. “When we run programs that exclude identities, we’re not making a lot of progress. Instead, we’re just paddling a boat with one oar.”
“We’re proud that after all of this, white students are saying ‘No, I want to be part of the solution,’” she added. “To move forward, we have to make sure all of our oars are in the water.”
“Exploring Whiteness” joins the already established cultural and diversity groups on campus, of which there are many, including clubs for Black and Asian students, and several to support the LGBTQ campus community.
The school also offers the: Campus Conversations on Diversity Series; DiverCity Festival; Diversity on Campus (D.O.C.); Diversity Networking Group; Diversity and Inclusion Networking Event (D.I.N.E.); Diversity Committee of Student Government Association; Faculty and Staff of Color Group; Intercultural Experience Program (IEP); Raising Awareness of our Cultural Experiences (R.A.C.E.) discussion group; and Stonehill Alumni of Color Group.
College Fix reporter Macaela Bennett is a student at Hillsdale College.
|September 19th, 2014||#14|
Whiteness is something requiring a solution. A final solution. The jew-left maintains the fiction they're against a social construct, but this is so they can hide their desire to genocide whites-the-physical-race. Whiteness is a social construct that goes away when the white race goes away. Verbally veiled genocide is what they're after/doing. They're using their control of the academy and media to encourage whites to celebrate and participate in their own genocide.
|September 19th, 2014||#15|
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Here is the head of the group, Liza Talusan:
The new American family.
We all know why Jews establish the rules and norms for the destruction of European civilization. The non-whites that go along with it have different motives, generally they need to de-construct whites purely because they feel (and generally are) inferior. The average Filipino or Mestizo is politically and morally to the hard right of most whites in places like America, the Judeo-Left is merely the only vehicle to channel their racial resentment and complexes.
"The favorite slogan of the reds is: 'No Pasarán!: Yes we have passed! And we tell them...and we tell them, we will pass again!'"
― Benito Mussolini after the Communist capitulation in Barcelona
|September 20th, 2014||#16|
|September 20th, 2014||#17|
[continuing our look at the origins of Whiteness Studies. it was founded in 1995. so very recent. drawn from suggestive bits in W.B DuBois and others]
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke, is the author of Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America. It is considered a fundamental text in the development of Whiteness Studies.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 29-Jul-2013 - Social Science - 384 pages
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how beneath our contemporary conversation about race lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.
The fourth edition adds a chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls "the new racism," which provides the essential foundation to explore issues of race and ethnicity in more depth. This edition also updates Bonilla-Silva’s assessment of race in America after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Obama’s presidency, Bonilla-Silva argues, does not represent a sea change in race relations, but rather embodies disturbing racial trends of the past.
In this fourth edition, Racism without Racists will continue to challenge readers and stimulate discussion about the state of race in America today.
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|September 20th, 2014||#18|
[i think this was written in 2013, no date on it]
Would You Major in Whiteness Studies?
by Evette Dionne
White Like MeYou’re a freshman in college and there’s a legion of majors to select from. You can earn a Bachelor’s degree in Music, English & Literature and even Africana Studies, but if Whiteness Studies were offered, would it be a popular choice for incoming students?
CNN in America interviewed several critical race experts to examine the burgeoning field of Whiteness Studies. Though no university has an established degree-program in the field, several including American University in Washington, D.C. and University of Texas at Arlington, offer Whiteness Studies courses.
Whiteness Studies is interdisciplinary, with scholars from political science, sociology and several other disciplines incorporating the work within their scholarship. CNN in America defines Whiteness Studies as:
The field argues that white privilege still exists, thanks largely to structural and institutional racism, and that the playing field isn’t level, and whites benefit from it. Using examples such as how white Americans tend not to be pulled over by the police as often as blacks and Latinos, or how lenders targeted blacks and Latinos for more expensive, subprime loans during the recent U.S. housing crisis, educators teach how people of different races and ethnicities often live very different lives.
Though Whiteness Studies is considered a new field, since it emerged in academia in the 1990s, its roots can be traced to the work of W.E.B. DuBois, James Baldwin and other critical race scholars and writers.
DuBois writes in the Souls of White Folk:
However, Whiteness Studies has a singular detractor: President Barack Obama.
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke, is the author of Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America. It is considered a fundamental text in the development of Whiteness Studies. Bonilla-Silva sees Obama’s presidency as a distraction from the real issues plaguing people of color.
“Having Obama is, in a curious way, putting us behind,” he told CNN in America. “You have a growing racial apathy. People are telling you, I don’t want to hear about race, because we’re beyond that. But we still have a white America and a black America.”
Tim Wise, a White man [sic - Wise is a jew] examining Whiteness (how ironic), agrees with Bonilla-Silva. He claims Whiteness bestows White privilege, leading to systemic imbalances like wealth and achievement gaps. Wise writes:
Despite the notion that somehow we have attained an equal opportunity, or color-blind society, the fact is, we are far from an equitable nation. People of color continue to face obstacles based solely on color, and whites continue to reap benefits from the same. None of this makes whites bad people, and none of it means we should feel guilty or beat ourselves up. But it does mean we need to figure out how we’re going to be accountable for our unearned advantages. One way is by fighting for a society in which those privileges will no longer exist, and in which we will be able to stand on our own two feet, without the artificial crutch of racial advantage to prop us up. We need to commit to fighting for racial equity and challenging injustice at every turn, not only because it harms others, but because it diminishes us as well (even as it pays dividends), and because it squanders the promise of fairness and equity to which we claim to adhere as Americans. This line of argument could easily be used to physically punish whites and or steal their possessions, since they didn't earn them. Whites, trained by christians, assume people making pseudo-arguments like this are serious andd well intentioned and can be satisfied by our changing our minds and behavior. They cannot. This is purely genocidal attack. This is a game whites can't win. Federal laws discriminate racially against whites. This fact doesn't enter the discussion. You can't debate people who simply ignore reality and construct lies and won't admit their true intent and purpose. All you can do is fight back against them. That's what we should be doing, in order to protect ourselves. If we don't, they will simply persecute us until our kind disappears. Root hog or die, they used to say. There's no way out through conservatism or christianity, only by identifying with our race, making that the basis of our politics, and attacking the jew behind this garbage - the promoter, popularizer and normalizer of anti-white studies and like genocidal pseudo-intellectual bilge.
In other words, race is still relevant in the age of Barack Obama. We see it in the courtroom as Don West berates Rachel Jeantel. It’s evident in New York’s stop-and-frisk policies. It’s everywhere. Yet, no institution has organized a Whiteness Studies degree-program.
Schools offer minors in Hip-Hop studies and degrees in African-American Studies, Caribbean Studies and Feminist Studies.
But if Whiteness Studies were offered, would you major in it? Or is Whiteness still off-limits for analysis?
Tell us Clutchettes and gents: Would you major in Whiteness Studies?
Some pages PDF from Racism without Racists:
|October 3rd, 2014||#19|
[opinion on canadian NEA-equivalent anti-white workship. 440 comments and climbing]
ETFO 'white privilege' workshop dangerous
BY CHRISTINA BLIZZARD
OCTOBER 02, 2014
TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is offering their members a workshop on “white privilege.”
That’s right. It doesn’t question whether white privilege exists.
That’s a given. No debate about whether all white people have special status. They just do.
And the union representing more than 76,000 teachers is teaching its membership how to deal with it.
White privilege exists, therefore ETFO will have a workshop on it.
Frankly, as a white person who’s struggled all my life to become privileged, I really wish I knew what white privilege is, because I’d like a heaping helping.
If I’d had a chunk of white privilege, I wouldn’t have had to bust my butt every day working to make a living. I could be eating bonbons on a yacht in the Mediterranean.
A note on the ETFO website says the union is looking for people to put on the workshops.
The “ideal presenter” will have “demonstrated commitment and understanding of white privilege and systemic issues.”
Interested in the job? Then you should submit a cover letter that outlines “your understanding of white privilege.”
Well, here’s my understanding of white privilege.
It doesn’t exist.
This is a racist notion put forward by ETFO and it is as dangerous as it is corrosive.
I don’t know what “systemic issues” they’re talking about, but it’s presupposing a whole bunch of false assumptions.
By their very nature and label, these workshops are aimed at creating resentment of one race by all others.
What on earth is a union doing giving workshops on something that’s so alien to Canadian society?
The purpose is clearly to indoctrinate teachers into believing it exists.
The next step is for them to brainwash the children in their classrooms.
Do you really want that? Should white parents allow their children to be guilted by their teachers into believing they’re privileged because they’re white?
This has no place in our society.
We don’t have a problem with “white privilege.”
We have a society built on successive waves of immigration. We have no deep-rooted aristocracy that inherits wealth.
Just living in this great country that rewards hard work, ingenuity and initiative is a privilege — no matter what your colour.
Most people who consider themselves “privileged,” do so because either they, their parents or their grandparents made incredible sacrifices to give them the way of life they enjoy.
A teacher forwarded the information on the workshops to the Toronto Sun. His question was why the union is putting on toxic workshops like this when they should be dealing with education issues.
The teacher, who didn’t want to be identified, says his union should be fighting for more up-to-date textbooks and better classroom materials. The ones he’s working with now are old, decrepit and inadequate.
Shouldn’t teachers be taking workshops that refresh their teaching skills in subjects such as math, French, English and geography?
ETFO turned down my request for a comment Thursday.
“The decision is that at this point in time we do not wish to comment on that,” said spokesman Jennifer Drope, wishing me “good luck with your story.”
Well, thank you for that.
Other topics for workshops include “Islamophobia” and “homophobia.”
Hmm. Wonder if they’ve checked what Islam’s view on homosexuality is.
“Dated resources and teachers spending their own money on supplementing the elementary school system in Ontario impacts teachers more than ‘Islamophobia’ or ‘white privilege,’” said the teacher, by e-mail. I suspect most teachers agree.
Their union should stick to doing what their members pay dues for — representing them at the bargaining table, supporting them in the classroom and helping them in disputes with school boards.
Stirring up hatred, resentment and division in a society that does its best to promote tolerance, equity and understanding is stunning in its stupidity.
|October 12th, 2014||#20|
Sociologist whose work on race helped define a new field of 'whiteness studies'
The Guardian, Sunday 8 July 2007
The British-born sociologist Ruth Frankenberg, who has died aged 49 of lung cancer, did groundbreaking research on how race shapes people's lives in the US. Her first book, The Social Construction of Whiteness: White Women, Race Matters (1993), focused on the advantages that whiteness carries for women rather than just the disadvantages suffered by non-white women, and so changed the approach of American social scientists to the ways racial inequalities endure even when white people regard themselves as anti-racist.
Perhaps most importantly, Ruth illuminated how white women sometimes change their racial consciousness and action in promising individual and collective directions.
Her study was based on 30 in-depth interviews, begun in the early 1980s. Ruth explored how race, sexuality and gender intersect with class in daily life. Responding to stories of race and cultural difference in US white women's lives, she sought to draw out and reflect on the "whiteness" of these experiences. Ruth explored her subjects' stories about growing up white, being in lesbian and heterosexual interracial relationships, and participating in civil rights struggles. Most tellingly, Ruth paid attention to what and whom white women actually see, and remember seeing, symbolically and physically.
While anti-racism was a strong component of feminism, Ruth's interviewees showed how an evasion of colour and power consciousness permeated daily life for white women, including feminists. Ruth's subjects narrated elaborate efforts not to see race, to be or become colour-blind, both in their childhoods and their adult lives. At the same time, whiteness seemed empty to them, the realm of Wonder Bread, Heinz salad cream or Kleenex, and racial others seemed full of culture, good food, lots of history, and, of course, racial problems.
Whiteness was a self-invisible norm that many of the women could not identify with; to identify as white in any concrete way seemed racist to most of them. None the less, they benefited structurally from the unspeakable norm, as "difference" was cast as either culturally enriching or pathological and dangerous, but not fundamentally about power. Drawing from a popular humanism that could not recognise itself as a "white" perspective, some women would insist that they did not care whether someone were "green, striped or purple," because we are all "human".
Women viewing others as "different" and themselves as "same" inhabited a category that was simultaneously the dominant culture and no culture at all. From that foundation, a historical consciousness became almost impossible and one's own privileges invisible, merely there, even while others' disadvantages could be cast as social problems. In that way, race becomes the preserve and the problem of people of colour, while whiteness remains unexaminable and potent.
Ruth also heard other kinds of stories, which she called "race cognisant". Nurturing awareness of how structural and institutional racial inequities work in the big and little things of life, these white women discussed race and racism personally and critically. Ruth asked how and why some women responded to experiences such as travelling to Guatemala, or remembering a childhood maid, or learning about prison statistics with sustained effort to understand their own racial situation and others did not. She showed how the dominant idioms of power and colour evasion make explicit white race cognisance full of contradictions and prone to depleted vocabularies.
For example, one woman narrated how becoming more conscious of taking whiteness for granted had made her life easier now made her hypersensitive around people of colour, unable any longer to feel "natural". She longed to forget all about race and just be human again. The desire to end the tension made it hard to tolerate the difference between ending racism and ending one's own racial discomfort. In Ruth's interviews, women working through this process tended to become more involved in movements for structural change, often affiliated with anti-racist organisations and actions led by people of colour rather than those in which white people were numerically dominant.
Ruth's work helped define a new field called "whiteness studies", evident in the essays in social and cultural criticism that she edited, called Displacing Whiteness (1997). Her work shaped a strong scholarly and activist agenda to explore how white racial power continues to operate: she insisted on thinking about race as a question of how power is exercised when those who have it can see only others as different.
Ruth's writing turned next to the stories of people in the US who integrate religious experience with commitments to progressive ethical, personal, and political change. Living Spirit, Living Practice: Poetics, Politics, Epistemology (2004) brims with the vital stories of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus.
Ruth's last publication, Cracks in the Facade: Whiteness and the Construction of 9/11, returned to her concern with how American assumptions about power relationships and about what counts as rational, which she called "whiteness", distorted US discourse from both the left and the right on the causes and consequences of the traumatic events of 9/11. This essay had been due to be part of an unfinished book, Fluent in Whiteness.
A native of Cardiff, raised in Manchester, Ruth gained a degree in social and political sciences from New Hall, Cambridge. Moving to the US in 1979, she obtained her PhD in the interdisciplinary history of consciousness department at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1988. There, she was a founding member of the group for the critical study of colonial discourse. With her partner and fellow graduate student, Lata Mani, Ruth also published on how the popularity of analyses of "post-coloniality" in much scholarly work obscures the historical and contemporary practices of US racial positioning.
Ruth held faculty positions in women's studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, and then in American studies at the University of California at Davis, from 1988 to 2004. In 2004, she moved to Bangalore in south-west India with Lata to continue their work in a non-academic context. They practised a form of joint meditation that resulted in a text of 43 teachings, which will soon be available on the internet at www.thetantrachronicles.com.
Ruth is survived by Lata, her parents, Ronald and Alison, and her sister Rose.
· Ruth Alice Emma Frankenberg, sociologist, born September 17 1957; died April 22 2007
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