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Lecture 6: February 28 The crisis of whiteness has to do with the idea that the nazi’s were defeated in WW2 How are you going to reposition whiteness as being at the top of the hierarchy? Nazism caused a huge fragment in this Italy, Germany/Austria/ Hungary/Romania/Japan/Spain/Portugal/Argentina This crisis in whiteness had to be reconfigured bc at the time that the Nazi’s were in rule they were by in large intolerant of diversity Hence, they went after slavic, jewish and Roma people Repositioning of whiteness meant that whiteness had to be tolerant They had to become more cosmopolitan as opposed to homogenous -> diversity became ultimate goal of multiculturalism is diversity to reposition whiteness A huge part of the nazi mentality is that it was their destiny to rule the world and be the best This idea of being an inherently a superior group had to be recalibrated into this thinking that they needed to be tolerant and encourage or accept diversity By launching this project about diversity the author is trying to say that whiteness is able to reposition its superiority Why? Because what the discourse behind multiculturalism did was say look we are multicultural its now the people who are coming into our country who are multicultural -> its non-white people who are monocultural and now they need to be taught tolerance and diversity The mentality towards intolerance has been deflected away from white people Multiculturalism deflects attention away from the crisis of whiteness Whiteness becomes neutral, which makes it easier to gloss over questions of ethnicity Multiculturalism will always point back to ethnic groups and racial groups as the problem Whiteness is almost a taken for granted concept bc when we think of whiteness we don’t often associate it with ethnicity bc white status neutralizes ethnic background neutral is good and above all else it is plural bc it is what set up a lot of differences w/ other people According to the author, many people in Canada are against multiculturalism -> extreme right wing group who believe they have a fundamental right to preserve heritage A lot of people who support trump are the same people who support multiculturalism Discussion in class how people who are against immigration might not also be racist or discriminatory People suggest that those same people usually have underlying racist ideologies

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