Essay about Excerpt of 'The Morphing of Whiteness' in America

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Critical Summary of “The ‘Morphing’ Properties of Whiteness”

Within the definitions and perceptions of race exists a dichotomy that Duster illuminates as inconsistent, transforming, and historically erratic depictions of what represents the racial categorization of “white”. Vacillating between racial portrayals of “whiteness”, embodying a divergence between the fluidity of historic and social transformation and a disingenuous reflection of bigotry, disrespect, and intolerance, Duster distinguishes race as a compilation of divergent biochemical, neurological, and social identities (Duster n.d.). Cognizant of concessions shown to the “white” race, Duster denotes an inevitability to refute the moral reality of “white’ exclusivity, …show more content…

Duster relates the utilization of visual racial clues to supplementing racial injustice through discriminatory practices such as housing and loan availability designed to designated racially specific areas and boundaries, hence manufacturing inaccurate second order constructs. Identifying examples of conscious systematic apartheid hidden behind “race neutral” reform, duster relates the racial discrimination of blacks in the inclusion of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Wagner Act of 1935, and the National Housing Act. Fueled by the need to justify the supremacy of “whiteness”, were attempts to identify and qualify deficiencies of intelligence and predilections to disease in the “non-white” population that would have negative societal consequences to the “white population”. The convergence of racial unity and inroads towards the non-classification of race has been compromised by the accumulation of rights, privileges, and perceptions of the “whites”, and the life experiences, inequalities and societal impediments of the ‘non-white”. These experiences represent an overarching inability to forge ahead without cognizant realizations of past injustices and reparation for past aggressions. Noting the attempts at racial reunification in South Africa and the redress of exclusionary policies existing within the

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