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01/21/2003 Archived Entry: ""Whiteness""

Back to school after a nice, long weekend... of slacking off... and playing iRO.... ^_^;;

Had a test in Humanities today. Open book and open notes. Still rather challenging though. The subject matter, "the creative mind," is a very abstract concept. I have to understand all this crap about how the mind works and percieves order, uses the percept-concept process, and all this other junk. It's actually rather interesting, just hard to regurgitate because of its abstraction. I think I did well enough though, so I'm happy. ^_^

Today in my speech class, my teacher went over the concept of "whiteness" in America. Now I know what you're thinking: "doesn't that mean people who are white?" And I don't blame you. That's what I thought too, but apparently that's not the case. Apparently, as it pretains to my course, "whiteness" is merely a term indicating the advantages and standpoints/perspectives generally associated with white people in America. So get this, my teacher was going over how, traditionally, white people in America have been the ones with the most economic, political, and social advantages. Then he goes on to tell us that every single one of us in the class was "white" because we have a substantial economical advantage that allows us to have an education. Now I don't know about you, but doesn't this sound like a bunch of bull? I certainly think it is. I understand the concept and everything, but why use the word "whiteness" then? What's the point in using the term "whiteness," when it doesn't refer to something uniquely, well, white? I suppose in contemporary times, they are trying to change the meaning of the word, so that the original derivative word has no meaning. Think of it like the term "pop" music. "Pop" is merely a shortened version of the word "popular," but it has come to be known as a single genre of music instead of the broad definition of popular music. Of course, I never understood that either. Why can't people make general terms for these things instead of stripping words of their intended meaning?

Still playing iRO.... I'm working on getting a nurse hat for my cute little aco. ^_^ I need an excess of 100k zenny (the currency of the RO world). I have 46k. It's gonna be a while.... ;_;

Replies: 2 comments

White-ish?? I'm white?? I'm confoosed..XD..it sounds kinda racist though....

Posted by Hana @ 01/23/2003 08:07 PM PST

So if we have education, we're white-ish? So those Asian countries are being run by white-ish people too, since they have education. Ugh. How arrogant.

Posted by Saka @ 01/22/2003 05:42 AM PST

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