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Ideological Whiteness is a concept describing modes of social interaction that help an individual rise in the corporate system of institutionalized racism.

Origins of the Term

The term "ideological Whiteness" first appears in Toni Morrison's analysis "Unspeakable Things Unspoken." Since then, it has taken hold in the field of Whiteness studies as a structural agent of unconscious racism.

Dr. Helan Page

The Center for the Study of White American Culture has published a groundbreaking definition of "racism" by Dr. Helan Page, which works to explicate the concept of "ideological Whiteness":

"The aim of this peculiar post-1492 stratification process has been to aggregate an upwardly mobile and putatively 'white' racial group that is stratified internally and that strives to validate its own ascendancy using a shifting range of 'white' cultural practices which are defined as 'white' not on any presumed biological basis, but on the basis of 'ideological whiteness'--a field of racial discourse and representation." [1]



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