Alison Bailey opens her new book, The Weight of Whiteness with an invitation to “wade slowly and mindfully into the weight of whiteness, and to attend to the ways white supremacy has misshapen our nation, our communities, and our humanity.” She writes that while black, indigenous and people of color feel the weight of whiteness daily, most white people tend to numb themselves to this weight.
She argues that white people need to do the work of investigating the weight of whiteness, and its effects not just on the mind, but also on the heart. This work involves philosophy and epistemology, but it also involves genealogy. It requires white people to feel the weight of white supremacy they’ve inherited from their ancestors.
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- Alison Bailey
- Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack“
- James Baldwin, “On Being White and Other Lies“
- The Newark uprising of 1967
- George Yancy, the “clicks” that install (chapter from his book, Look, A White!)
- Shannon Sullivan, “The Hearts and Guts of White People“
- Resmaa Menakem
- Charles Mills, The Racial Contract
- Henry Louis Gates, “Finding Your Roots“
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- Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family
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