The label of White #1


The label White, in and of itself, is not right[1]. Not even when attempting to call it out.

What I mean is this:

  1. Misplacing credit to one’s white skin solidifies the false notion that being white makes one inherently worthy of privilege. White as a race, as a marker of privilege, is a sleight of hand[2]. The distraction of the term allows for endless well-meaning discussions, ones that attempt to identify problems, symptoms, and distinctions, but no change.

[1] the definition of the term here should be “morally good or justified.” The definition of “true or correct” also works…

[2] It’s the age-old trick used to make the coins in the hands of the Other disappear and reappear in the pocket of the magician.


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