The Secret Course on Whiteness (1676?- ) is the imagined course where many White Americans learn to talk and act amazingly alike in ways that cannot be accounted for by the public, mainstream culture.
- I call it a course because so many of them will say the same thing, word for word, like they are talking from a script that they learned somewhere.
- I call it secret because it is not part of the public culture. Somehow it gets passed down through the white vernacular culture.
This comes out most clearly in their racism since many are markedly more racist than the public culture. Some of it can be pieced together. Click on the links if you want to know more about a particular piece:
- “Some of my best friends are black!” It is utterly amazing that white people say this with a straight face. You would think this was laughed to shame back in 1968 or something.
- “I am not racist but…” That will fool them!
- Cluelessness and Advanced Cluelessness.
- How to apologize like a white person.
- Derailing. The point in talking about race is not to understand or know the truth but to “win” the argument at all costs. If you “lose”, just keep repeating your point – like a sheep bleating.
- The feelings of white people are more important than the truth.
- Dichotomous thinking:
- Teflon Theory of History: Anything that took place over 30 years ago is Ancient History.
- Different is bad: The only reason anyone would not be like a middle-class White American, both culturally and biologically, is because there is Something Wrong With Them.
- Basically Good – what white people are, but blacks are not. Blacks do bad stuff “because they’re black”. The evening news proves it! On the other hand, whatever most white people do or say or turn a blind eye to must be all right – or at least Not That Bad.
- Not All Whites: Any statement about “white people” is about “all white people”, even if it uses the word “some” or “many” (a cheap, underhanded trick).
- Whites are not uniquely evil! Point this out even if no one said otherwise.
- Purple people
- The R-word: It is way worse to be called a racist than to be one.
- The N-word: It is a huge burden to have to show blacks respect by not saying it.
- “Blacks are racist too!” They are just as bad as whites, if not worse.
- Everything you need to know about slavery:
- WWGD – What would Genghis do? How to properly judge history.
- Quoting MLK. I thought there were three quotes they all had to learn by heart but there is only one: the “content of their character” one. The words of a great civil rights leader are used to silence any observations about white racism! How cool is that?
Thanks to Ankhesen Mié for her writings on drones, particularly the first link under “See also”, which I unconsciously modelled this post on.
– Abagond, 2011, 2015.
- At the Bar: Contemplating “White American Individuality” – a similar post by Ankhesen Mié
- whites are individuals
- colour-blind racism – the most common kind of racism among White Americans in the 2010s.
- How to become white
- Genghis Khan