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Discussing Whiteness

Resources for discussing whiteness - a guide to a series of discussions about whiteness and antiracism.

What is 'whiteness'?

What is White Supremacy Culture?

Dismantling Racism Works (drworks) and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) have resources on the Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture. Developed originally by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun in 2001, these characteristics examine values, behaviors and processes that work to support and affirm white supremacy.

Each characteristic is also accompanied by 'antidotes,' ways to disrupt these ways of thinking and ways to do things differently. This is not a list of things that shouldn't ever be done, but a list that shows how these ways of thinking can be problematic unless they are critically examined through a racial justice lens.

Talking About Whiteness

This is a collection of readings to help you in discussing whiteness and white privilege. 

Can We Talk About Whiteness?

The Code Switch Podcast - Ep. 1 Can We Talk About Whiteness?

The Invention of Whiteness with john a. powell

The Origin of Race in the USA

Danielle Bainbridge examines the history of the concept of race and whiteness. (PBS Digital Studios)

White People [Documentary] - MTV

The film follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, as he travels across the country to get this complicated conversation started.

What does white privilege mean to you?

Under Our Skin is a 2016 series of video interviews by the Seattle Times to address "the furor over police shootings, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, protests on college campuses and charged campaign rhetoric" that has been at the forefront of national and local news throughout the past few years.

Composite image of 16 separate video interviews with people of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Colorblind Racism

Colorblind Denial and White Privilege