Even with a shift in attention by white women writers, a perfect harmony of trust, forgiveness, and resolution will not be possible. Furthermore, even with that hope in mind, white women cannot be so responsible as to take over the entire effort. "As with all human activity, the cultural practices of white people in the United States in the late twentieth century must be viewed as contingent, historically produced, and transformable through collective and individual human endeavor" ( Frankenberg233). Change will occur. We can initiate this change by attending to current ideologies and writing acts that support continuance of a white poetics that recognizes and accounts for presumption.
White Women Writing White lifts blinders for a moment to shed a stark light on whiteness. This illumination can lead to a glimpse of the mind of mastery and clues to its construction. Understanding the complexities of race as construction will help us to begin the process of dismantling.
|890||--"Black" referring to dark-skinned peoples enters English writing in L. Aelfred's Baeda.|
|1000||--"Brown" referring to brown-skinned peoples enters English writing in|
| Late 15th|
|--Structuring of a racial worldview coincides with colonial expansion of West-|
ern European nations.
|16th Century||--Europeans conceptualize racism.|
|--Race as a mode of classifying human beings in language appears in Spanish,|
Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Dutch, and English.
|1549||--"Race" referring to a generation of people enters English writing.|
|1587||--"Red" referring to North American Indians enters English writing in Golding's DeMornay.|
|17th Century||--Epistemological shift from a study of similitude and resemblance to a study|
of difference and identity occurs in Europe.
|--In the U.S. colonies, Native Americans and Africans are seen as different|
based on moral conditions.
|--White oppressors begin to count black Africans not as humans, but as ex-|
|--Usage of the term "white" arises as Europeans begin to see themselves in|
opposition to the black slave.