the action of enlightening or the state of being enlightened to white racial literacy.
The Enwhitenment Project is a social collective for white people, by white people that aims to promote white racial literacy.
“What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? In the face of pervasive racial inequality and segregation, most whites cannot answer that question. A number of factors make this question difficult for whites—miseducation about what racism is; ideologies such as individualism and colorblindness; defensiveness; and tendency to protect (rather than expand) our worldviews. These factors contribute to terms white racial illiteracy.”
– an extract from Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s book: ‘What does it mean to be white?’
Many white people don’t know where to begin looking in order to try to gain white racial literacy. Google is a helpful tool, but the literature is so varied and so vast that it is overwhelming. Well, http://www.enwhitenment.com is your ‘one-stop-literacy-shop’ where all the information you need can be found in one place. Where does the construct of race originate? The Are We White? page has the answer. Visit our Living Black page to hear from the voices that matter and gain insight into the everyday lived experiences of black people. Our Guest Blog features biweekly musings and rantings authored by a wide range of guest writers with divergent views. We invite you to engage with them in the comments section – just kindly keep it classy. Additionally, we have lots of visual and written resources, based on many years worth of research by the world’s leading experts in the field of Whiteness Studies. Finally, our Building With Books initiative is an exciting project that aims to ensure free access to an endless array of books for disadvantaged communities. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for some nifty, introductory information click on the button below to get started…
“Until you can recognize that you are living a racialized life and you’re having racialized experiences every moment of every day, you can’t actually engage people of other races…”
– Whitney Dow