The experience of white centrality by Jeff Hitchcock and Charley Flint
Those in the center, those who occupy a dominant status such as whiteness, experience the center not so much as a consciously acknowledged status,
but rather a complex of features in their social experience that have surrounded them since inception.
Centrality is experienced by insiders as:
Cultural values are applied to all
areas of human experience, often unconsciously, but
sometimes not. The white standard of feminine
beauty, for instance, is to be light-skinned, thin, full breasted,
devoid of obvious body hair, and blonde
with European facial features. (Katz, 1978)
The culture itself is not a point of discussion,
focus, or examination. Rather, things different
from the culture become the objects of attention.
White people, for instance, overwhelmingly concentrate on discussing and studying other racial groups.
Whiteness and white people as a racial group are not discussed or studied. Taboos are present in white culture against bringing the discussion and study of whiteness into the foreground.3 (Katz, 1978)
That which is expected of the average person.
White people, often living in isolation from contact-with people of color, view the customs and practices of white people as normal, and those of
people of color as deviant. (Katz, 1978)
The “common” understanding. That which the averageperson is expected to know and accept without question. Discussion is viewed as unnecessary, complicating issues which are already and firmly resolved.
White people react negatively when another
white person, or a person of color, questions some “common” understandings.
Differences and rankings exist
among white people, and various European immigrant groups have transformed themselves from
“foreigners” to being white people (Ignatiev, 1995), but a white person, once that status is
achieved, is assumed to be the same as any other white person with regard to whiteness.
Who is this for: We are working together currently or you have always wanted to work with me but have not yet had the opportunity. We have laughed together, and sometime even cried. You have wanted to go deeper with my teachings and never had space or time. I have been one of your greatest cheerleaders and biggest fans. I believe in you and your ability to do great work so fiercely that I help you believe in it as well.
No matter if we have worked together or not you want a deeper analysis and are ready to dig in!
Depression, anxiety about the future & that nagging itch to give up the ghost…Fast forward the first few minutes till I get rollin…
EDIT: Thanks for all the great comments, personal messages and especially for the brave volunteer Heather Faini for jumping on my first experiment with inviting a live video guest (around 49th min -that was cool!)
Many british males walk the streets with their head cast down, their shoulders slumped, their hips and belly tight, as if floating a few inches above the earth, leaning forward in a kind of controlled fall. This is the posture of the defeated, the posture of those who have been beaten down by hundreds of years of tyrannies in their recent or ancestral past. Here’s an alternative posture: raise the head, let the weight from the center of gravity fall down through the legs, soften the belly, release the small of the back, release the hips, open the chest so the sternum and area around the thymus is raised upwards. Adopt the posture of one who will not be beaten down again, who is ready to stand up and overthrow a tyrant or create some new world
Today is the day for the fighter who has been knocked down to get up, its a day to roll back the stone from the cave, to face down the oppressor, to see the mountain before you and know you will begin to climb it, to see clearly the obstacle and gather strength to surpass it, to come out of exile and set sights on the homeland, to be a new being, to begin to turn the arrow of destiny around
Dearest Friends, (Humanitarians, Advocates and all), Please consider donating this Thanksgiving to www.medglobal.org and contacting your Rep to force action. I urge you to please read below a first hand experience/reflection from a dear friend Dr. Henna Qureshi who is on the ground in Bangladesh who is doing immensely selfless work at the refugee camps for the Rohingya.
The stories coming out from there are gut wrenching and devastating. We are beyond blessed with all that God has bestowed us with and if we cannot be on the ground there then let’s all do our part from here and give what we can to help those in dire need. Any amount will help.
May God bless you and your efforts <3 and may He ease the hardships of all humanity.
From Dr. Henna Qureshi:
Today was an incredibly emotional day for me at the #rohingya refugee camps. I witnessed men cry in a way I’ve never seen before as they shared their stories of family members being shot, raped, and killed in Myanmar. They told stories of babies being thrown into the fire, houses being burned to the ground with loved ones inside. They have been targeted solely because they are Muslim. Stripped of their citizenship and considered stateless they have lived a life of persecution and have no expectation that the international community knows of their suffering or even cares. We promised them we would share their stories and try to care for their acute ailments. But the years of psychological suffering were apparent in their eyes and their tears. I leave for home soon and have no idea how to return to the privileged life I’ve been blessed with. I thank God for these blessings but I know we have a responsibility to share their stories. They are known as the most persecuted minority in the world and we must be a voice for those who have been voiceless for so long. MedGlobal Zaher Sahloul @ Balukhali Refugee Camp Cox’s Bazar
Sarah Kureshi – Please circulate in your network.
It’s been a while since I’ve been this inspired. I’m using social media for good. Who wants to join me?
I’ve pledged a certain amount monthly until my CC expires. A lot of people who give a little will end up giving a lot together.
I don’t know how you people tag so many people. I’m tired.
In the past, Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore has chosen his personal, moral and religious beliefs over federal law.
“… we have to ask what if someone from the other side was doing the same thing? What if a Muslim candidate or elected official were to privilege their personal, Islamic morality or the shariah over US law?” — Pamela K. Taylor
Honestly, as a dark skinned woman, I’m not interested in any literary or cinematic works which embody the ”woe me” tales of growing up dark with internalized hatred. Okay. We were teased and taunted and bullied. However, show me the stories of when you grew up and realized you were bad ass and none of these European westernized ideas could take the glory of your complexion away from you. Show me how they borrowed ya pride and dignity, and how you stole that shit back, and rightfully so. We may have had it rough, but I don’t want to see us out here losing our light forever. Please don’t be out here losing ya light. #TheEraOfReclaimance
You may need focus, determination, strength, firmness boundaries and extreme courage to be able to follow your joy, to let go of work or task orientation, or to be effortless. When we resist or circle around doing something that we know we need to do to fulflll our life calling that resistance may not just be an unintelligent compulsion or habit, it may have a deeper intelligent message; its message may be to actually do the thing more joyfully, less like work, more easefully, with less effort. To let a larger force of nature move through you and act through your body. Paradoxically to reach this state of effortlessness, non-doing, non-trying and flow with life we need may first need an initial strong, courageous and focused intent and to go against every day habitual patterns. We may first need to go AGAINST the flow of superficial habitual patterns a little bit in order to go WITH the deeper effortless flow of life, nature or the Tao,