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Unformatted text preview: Dyer The Matter of Whiteness Race is not only attributable to people who are not white, nor is imagery of non-white people the only racial imagery. There is no more powerful position than that of being just human. The claim to power is the claim to speak for the commonality of humanity. They believe that all ways of looking that highlights difference subvert the liberal belief in a universal subjectivity (we are all just people) that they think will make racism disappear. They have a deep emotional investment in the myth of sameness, even as their actions reflect the primacy of whiteness as a sign informing who they are and how they think. Western representation whites are overwhelmingly and disproportionately predominant, have the central and elaborated roles, and above all are placed as the norm, the ordinary, the standard. Yet precisely because this and their placing as norm they seem not to be represented to themselves as whites We have not yet reached a situation in which white people and white cultural agendas are no longer in the ascendant. The media, politics, cultural agendas are no longer in the ascendant....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGLISH 76101 taught by Professor Phillips during the Spring '08 term at Carnegie Mellon.
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