The White Default is where White Americans see themselves as the default, as normal, neutral, objective, as blah, as blank, as nothing special.
It is where they think they speak “without an accent” and do not have their own foods, holidays, heroes, music and neighbourhoods like everyone else. The word “ethnic” is the shadow cast by the White Default.
It is where White History Month is the month that never ends.
It is where White American ethnic studies becomes “English” and “history” at high school.
It is where they think they have no culture – and yet think it is a model for the whole world, “universal”, what history has been leading up to.
It is where Arabs “preserved” Greek learning and the Chinese made “contributions” like the compass and gunpowder.
It is where they are the Automatic Good Guys in history.
It is where no one talks about “white pathologies” because they base “normal” on their pathologies.
It is the unnamed centre in an ethnocentrism so blinding that their culture is no longer one culture among thousands but the absolute truth, the standard by which the whole human race, all of history and even the Word of God is measured – and found wanting.
It is where Adam and Eve and Jesus look like the people at a White American suburban mall.
It is where pictures of the evolutionary timeline from monkey to ape to human ends in – a white man.
It is where East Asians have “slanted” eyes and blacks have “big” lips – but white people “look normal”.
It is where black is not beautiful.
It is where IQ tests designed for upper-middle-class white children in the American North are used to measure the intelligence of everyone in the country and the world – and seems like objective, neutral science.
It is where Kodak designed and tested colour film only on white people, where pictures of black people did not look good till the chocolate and furniture industries demanded better shades of brown.
It is where the natural history museum in New York has exhibits on African tribes – but not on White Americans.
It is where putting “American” or “white” in a Google search gives you worse results than when you leave them out – like in “the most beautiful white women”.
It is where Asian Americans are not really American.
It is where someone can read this list and tell me that everyone does this, that seeing yourself and your people so that you have almost no ethnic identity is -