Whiteness : Black Perception, Stereotyping, And Lack Of Identity

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History of subjectivity is too often forgotten within black communities where assimilation and lack of identity is not uncommon, this being a major sign of oppression, which hooks demonstrates in her writing. The struggle to survive under white supremacy was alleviated by “special” knowledge developed from close examination of whites in their everyday lives. “Special” because it was shared among blacks that thought critically about whiteness and did so in a way that reflected their experiences through time. The way in which whiteness is conceptualized by blacks is unimaginable to those unable to conceive whiteness in terms of terror. It was assumed that blacks were oblivious to their long history of oppression. However, as a result of systemic oppression, in black perception, whiteness corresponds with fear and blackness with self-loathing. For such an extensive period of time, blacks internalized their discomfort of white supremacy resulting in the emergence of stereotyping, labeling whites as lazy, dirty, evil, and such, which contributed to inaccurately representing whiteness. hooks discusses whiteness in terms of terrorization making reference to her childhood in which she feared encountering whites due to the preconceived notions on whiteness, making it difficult to distinguish the ‘good’ whites from the ‘evil’ whites. The predisposition that all whites were terrifying stemmed from the fact that the only white men she encountered in her community were exploiting her…

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