Whiteness

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Symbolic Interaction Theory -->
1) the way we act towards ppl is based on the meanings we have for them.
2) The meanings we have for these ppl come from our interactions we have with them meanings are shaped and reshaped on the interpretation of our interactions we have with them.
Creating who we are: --> we develop our identity based on our interactions with others. In-groups --> we are concerned about their welfare. help discipline our behavior.
You present your social identity based on the situation.
Early Race Theories:
Before 18th century physical differences between people (like skin tone) were rarely referred to as a matter of great importance. race consciousness is a modern phenomenon.
India race
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Argument why slavery should exist: Whites have deep rooted prejudice and blacks have deep rooted hatred because of oppression. In the end freedom would cause an extermination of one race.
Jefferson described the differences based on biology, beauty and behavior.
Made Indians the “red white man” in which he created another race hierarchy.
Thandeka:
Stories of how white people came into consciousness with their whiteness or white privilege.
Dorothy family moved to Mexico and she was forbidden to ever play with the Mexican children. She envied how close all the children were and how affectionate their parents were to their children. She wished she had that same affection from her own white family. At the age of five she wished to be brown.
How is prejudice learned and transmitted? Our first interaction with a black person is judged my our white counterparts. We learn about prejudice when our actions from that interaction is rejected by our white counterparts. We are thus punished for stepping over the boundary and rewarded if we stay within it. * Culture of shame stems from a fundamental sense of unacceptability, isolation and separateness by one’s own community.
Non-white zone: (3 overlapping areas of white self-definitions)
1) PSYCHIC REGION: separates the self from its own feelings of positive resonance toward racially proscribed others and its negative sentiment toward its

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