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View Diary: Post Mitt Romney, What Does "Whiteness" Mean to You? (18 comments)

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  •  There are a set of cultural traits (1+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes

    that associate roughly with "white" identity, although not perfectly since culture is fluid and individuals overlap:  Less identification with ancestral homelands (with some exceptions, e.g. Ireland), more socially liberal but less economically progressive, less misogynistic (GOP notwithstanding) but more racist (however, also a lot more ashamed of racism), much less hung up about seeming weak (hence the greater prevalence of "emo" style, acceptability of self-mockery, etc.), marked emotional reactions to rock music, less emphasis on conformity (owing to the sense of white being a "neutral" or "normal" state), less emphasis on conformity, and egoism (greater proclivity to live in one's head rather than in relation to others).  

    Being different from norms is also a culturally acceptable point of pride, whereas in other racial subcultures people who defy internal stereotypes often feel defensive about it within their own communities.  This too could be a result of the perception that "white" is a neutral state, and thus motivate people to differentiate themselves, while other identities are perceived as specific and thus divergences as negative.

    "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

    by Troubadour on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 01:06:17 PM PST

    •  add the willingness to embrace "diversity" (1+ / 0-)
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      Troubadour

      which often, in my experience as a lawyer working in the "family" court, expresses itself in the acceptance and embrace of mixed race babies, as well as their parents,  among the white lower/no/ income class

      here in northern appalachia, 100 miles from nyc

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