Whiteness. A Problem of Our Time
West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy
This presentation is rooted in the assumption that the problem of racism is a problem of whiteness and that an examination of this construct of whiteness needs to be central to seeking a solution.
The colour-blind approach and the silencing process of disavowal that develops in childhood are means of maintaining white privilege. The work required of whiteness and the letting go of privilege is essential if we are to dismantle the system of racism that is so embedded within our society.
I argue this is no altruistic endeavour but that, whilst clearly doing untold harm to black people, such a system also limits and distorts the development of white individuals and the society in which we are citizens.
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