Take this Imaginary Journey into White American Culture……
internalize it...silently, unconsciously, automatically
was here before we came
had nothing to do with creating it
many years ago we are born into it and live it without much thought
is what we consider “NORMAL”
media exports images and knowledge of our ways all over the world
can delineate White American culture with greater ease and clarity than
your minds eye to focus on the first image that comes to mind….just
thought to our
Easter, fourth of July, thanksgiving, St Patrick’s day, Memorial Day,
is being celebrated?
images do you see?
are the leaders? Who are
the Followers? What are the
major and minor religions
you see the icons? Who is
on the Christian cross?
are the chancellors, principals, leaders in education?
is the CORE curriculum?
speaks English? Who doesn’t?
you imagine someone who cannot speak PROPER ENGLISH? Is s/he seen as
cooks, cleans and protects at your school?
are the well funded schools located? Who are the students?
under funded schools...What do these students
go into one of those skyscrapers and into one of those boardrooms.
One of those fortune 500 companies…those fortune 500 who have
made a fortune. Who is in the room?
Who is not there? Who is at the boardroom table?
Making decisions? Now
go into the stores? Who
owns the stores? Who works
there? Bloomingdales, the local grocer? The local shoe store?
are our star?
are our heroes?
are the bad guys?
are the experts on those news discussions?
Who is not there?
about beautiful- who is beautiful??
do you see in the current magazines, TV images, models, runway..
you see the supreme court…who is there?
are the Best attorneys? Who
owns the top Law firms
are the judges?
police…imagine the local officer in your neighborhood?
are Prison guards?
you call for help…who do you want to appear?
is running? Who is running
and who is chasing??
have the best……
would you want working on your heart?
teaching institutions who are the students
do they work?
writes classical music? What
do they look like where are they from
writes the world’s best literature? Who are they? Where
are they from?
painters. Pictures. Where are they from?
images come up for you when I say ….artifact?
Folk artwork? Primitive
picture someone dressed in bold colors and large prints…going off to
work? Is this dress for
you see your county representative, your mayor?
the senate? The congress of
the United States?
to the White House…see the rooms filled with pictures of past
are they and what do they look like?
about the Office of the Presidency of the United States?
was it that you first realized that you could never be the President of
the United States?
this way the dominance- the supremacy of white culture is
silently-subtly and constantly reinforced
you see yourself in those images you may not question the fairness
who are not included also
internalize the dominance and the supremacy of whiteness…in this way
….just maintaining the status quo is considered hostile for people of
Revised: August 24, 2003 .