Whiteness: Looking Back to Reshape the Future

I have been studying the history and current thinking on race for the past 18 months. Reading. Listening. Researching. I have been taking a deep dive so that I can both understand and share. I have learned about fundamental problems with the way we have achieved whiteness and ways in which we experience whiteness today. I believe that recognizing those problems can help us to live more complete lives and ultimately uplift people of all colors.

I invite you to join me on a tour through the history of whiteness, culminating with an exploration of new paths forward. We will begin in the late 1700s, where the erotic nature of Greek statues and the skull of a beautiful woman helped define our whiteness. We will then visit the 1920s and 30s to examine documents that formed the basis for Nazi Germany, sing along with beloved Paul Robeson in a ballad that captured American hearts, and see how Italians, Jews, and other immigrants became “white.” Finally, we will focus on the year 2020, where we discover new ways to view our social structures, unearth sources of venom in our social media, and pave a path toward social reconciliation and prosperity.

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Race: Myths and Misinformation

Beginning last summer, I decided to devote much of my time and energy to issues related to Black Americans. I have done much reading and studying. While I have not become an expert, I have been learning from experts and one surprising reality has opened my eyes: The concept of race itself is forged from myths and misinformation. Race is a social construct invented in modern times to support the enslavement of dark-pigmented people from Africa. Being a teacher at heart, I wrote this blog to share what I have learned with you.

Read on to learn about genetics, the history of term “race,” religious and scientific theories about race, and how IQ testing perpetuated race-based science in the 20th century. I hope that we can collectively come to understand the origins of the concept of race and thereby truly understand the origins of racism. By getting to the roots of racism, we can open the doors to greater harmony in our country and around the world.

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