By delegitimizing the term “white,’ as in white people, or white race, we diminish the use of white identity as an organizing principle that influences “whites” to further their societal domination. Given the resurgence of a national discourse on white identity this is more than an academic exhortation. Du Bois, Baldwin and others, saw through the invention of a “pan-whiteness,” and used the construction, “so-called white people.” I explored the use of white as an identifier of Europeans in an article published earlier in Race Inquiry. I also considered the use of “black” as an identifier of African Americans, and concluded that we are better served as a society to eliminate the use of both black and white to designate African-Americans and European-Americans, respectively.
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