Whiteness – The Ideology

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From Willie Jennings’ The Christian Imagination: Theology and The Origins of Race: “The point here is that racial agency and especially whiteness rendered unintelligible and unpersuasive any narratives of the collective self that bound identity to geography, to earth, to water, to trees, and animals. People would henceforth (and forever) carry their identities on their bodies, without remainder. From the beginning of the colonialist movement, being white placed one at the center of the symbolic and real reordering of space. In a real sense, whiteness came into being as a form of landscape with all it facilitating realities.”



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