The Ethnicity of White Americans: Hidden or All-Pervading?

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  1. Patrick says:

    Until I read this, I’d never even thought about the fact that an article on this topic had never crossed my path. I think I’ll have to tackle that reading list!

  2. Candace Smith says:

    Hi Patrick. Another good source is a book called “White Out: The Continuing Significance of Race.” It contains a number of really interesting chapters on the growing field of whiteness studies.

  1. 10th January 2015

    […] ‘nothing or a vacuum’ (McDermott, p. 248). But white ethnicities are lighter, a thin identity. Once excluded white groups have been absorbed into America’s dominant culture over time, […]

  2. 23rd April 2015

    […] “Overall, it appears that because of the dominance of the early Western Europeans to this country and the continued dominance of later generations of whites in the U.S., white Americans have developed an ethno-racial identity that acts as a constant lifeline but remains hidden from their view. By not having to live behind a “veil” of differentness (Du Bois [1903]2011), whites do not understand how the consequences of this identity benefit them and harm others.” […]

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