c-oscarstatue_Davidlohr-BuesoWe have focused so much attention on “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria* that we missed the obvious—the continued existence of “white spaces.” These are arenas where white people congregate and make influential decisions but are viewed as “normal.” There is no discussion of “why are all the white kids sitting together in the cafeteria.” White spaces are spheres of influence where social and economic privilege and the power of whiteness intersect. Historically, they developed as the “norm” and “natural” outcome of profound social beliefs in biological, cultural and intellectual white superiority or white supremacy.
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