But what on earth is whiteness that one should so desire it? Then always, somehow, some way, silently but clearly, I am given to understand that whiteness is the ownership of the earth forever and ever, Amen!
-W.E.B. Du Bois
Until the America Negro is restored to himself aesthetically, both the Negro man and the Negro woman will be easy prey for designing members of the Caucasian type.
-Thomas N. Baker
The effort to think one's own history can free thought…and so enable it to think differently.
IN THIS CHAPTER, I will explore the structure of whiteness within the framework of key Foucauldian conceptual constructions. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, there is no critical corpus of work dealing extensively with Foucault and the issue of whiteness. My sense is that Foucault has provided a helpful conceptual framework, particularly as developed in Discipline and Punish and the first volume of The History of Sexuality, for coming to terms with how whiteness, as a power/knowledge nexus, is able to produce new forms of knowledge (in this case "knowledge" about black people) that are productive of
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Publication information: Book title: What White Looks like: African-American Philosophers on the Whiteness Question. Contributors: George Yancy - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 107.
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