“One particular symptom of this wound of racism in white people is a perverse form of ignorance. Being white is having the privilege of functioning in society blind to the system into which one is born and from which one benefits. Part of what it means to be “white” involves the internalization of an epistemology that precludes self-transparency and genuine self-understanding of social relations in regard to race . . . . To grow up as a white person in America is a complex process that involves internalizing the assumption of the normativity of one’s racial existence. This normativity of whiteness functions by being invisible to white people. To use the term whiteness is to displace the location of being white as unmarked and invisible and to bring it to a place of visibility. Through naming whiteness, the raced social location of being white comes into view, calling its normativity into question.”
Laurie M. Cassidy, ““Becoming Black with God”: Toward an Understanding of the Vocation of the White Catholic Theologian in the United States,” in Interrupting White Privilege: Catholic Theologians Break the Silence, eds. Laurie M. Cassidy and Alex Mikulich (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2007) 147, 151.
[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]