Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Quote: White Denial

This racial illiteracy on the part of white people is part of the hegemonic power of whiteness. Through a historical mythology, white supremacy has a vested interest in denying what is most obvious: the privileged position of whiteness. For most people who are described as white, since race is believed to be "something" that shapes the lives of people of color, they often fail to recognize the ways in which their own lives and our public policies are shaped by race. Structural or institutionalized racism is not merely a matter of individual attitudes, but the result of centuries of subordination and objectification that reinforce population control policies.

-- Loretta J. Ross

2 comments:

Spartacus O'Neal said...

Some of the articles featured here
http://www.newsocialist.org/index.php?id=981 complement the viewpoint of Ms. Ross from an indigenous perspective.

Scott said...

Thanks for the link, Jay!