The Unspoken Evils of “Whiteness”

Unpacking racism’s original sin.

Steve QJ
5 min readNov 18, 2021
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There are a lot of “white” things to keep track of lately.

White supremacy. White power. White privilege. White rage. There’s white silence and white tears and white fragility (this last coined by a white woman to help white people process their white guilt).

So I guess it was only a matter of time before someone bundled them all together as white-ness.

“Whiteness” has become an inescapable feature of racial discourse in 2021. Particularly among academics. Yet nobody seems to agree on what it is.

Whiteness is “the politics of aggression, exclusion and domination,” according to Cristina Beltran, an associate professor at New York University. Whiteness is “a public health crisis,” claims Damon Young, in The Root. Whiteness is “a malignant, parasitic-like condition,” says Donald Moss, a faculty member at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

But while they fall over themselves to enumerate the evils of whiteness, there are others that these scholars seem less eager to talk about. So in the interests of comprehensiveness, I thought I’d present them here.

After all, we wouldn’t want to be accused of a whitewash.

1. “Whiteness” is (not-so)…



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