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For whites whiteness is the default setting for race

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Unformatted text preview: hite Americans. It grants them easier access to power and resources and provides them better insulation from negative prejudgments based on physical features, language, and other cultural factors than their nonwhite counterparts. For whites, whiteness is the “default setting” for race in America; it is the assumed color of America. But because the American mind-set is deeply invested with strong beliefs about opportunity, we tend to overlook the built-in advantages that whites have in most competitive areas. 17 N AT I O N A L VA L U E S he backdrop of core American values also sets the stage for our national consensus on race. We take great pride in our national values of personal responsibility and individualism, meritocracy, and equal opportunity, and we assume them to be race neutral. We understand these values to have the following significance: T “As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its cor...
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