In the coming batch of episodes, a series we call Seeing White, turning the lens around looking straight at white America, and if the notion of whiteness itself. Where did this idea of a white race come from? The three races—in the order usually presented— Caucasoid, Mongoloid, and Negroid, Caucasoid at the top, is not a biological fact. So, it’s fair to say literally that slave traders commissioned the invention of this sort of codified racist idea of black people, and implicitly, then, on the other hand, of white people. Yes. It’s important that we see this creation was for the upliftment of white people, primarily the white people at the top. If you had a long a skull and you were light-skinned, that was good. And then, if you had a long skull, but you were dark-skinned, that was not good. Deena goes on this way, ticking off government benefits set aside for white people. So was this country built on affirmative action for white people? I don’t know what that means about trying to salvage the idea of, like, good whiteness. Right. You know, when was whiteness good? It is all about power.
It is not prejudice, it is not racial prejudice, it is not bigotry… it is power.