Analysis Of The Book ' The Wages Of Whiteness '

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David R. Roediger displays the history of how the theory of “whiteness” has evolved throughout the years in America in his book, The Wages of Whiteness. According to Roediger, “whiteness” is much a constructed identity as “blackness” or any other. He argues that this idea of “whiteness” has absolutely nothing to do with the advantage of the economy, but that it is a psychological racial stereotype that was created by white men themselves. He claims that it is definitely true that racism should be set in class and economic contexts, also stating that “this book will argue that working class formation and the systematic development of a sense of whiteness, went hand in hand for the U.S white working class.” Roediger basically lays out the fact that “working class ‘whiteness’ and “white supremacy” are ideological and psychological creations of the white working class itself. Roediger starts off by dating back all the way to the 1800’s, Colonial days. He says, [in popular usage that the term ‘worker’ often presumed whiteness and (maleness)]. And that conservative democrats wanted to abandon ‘special interests’ and return to the party to policies that appealed to the average worker, which was increasingly black, Latino, Asian and/or female. White men were automatically assumed to be ‘average workers’, this class of workers were just assumed to be ‘naturally’ white and reached the social persona that existed amongst different races, and if a black man came along he’d be…
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