ERIC Number: EJ684534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Whiteness and Ethnocentric Monoculturalism: Making the "Invisible" Visible
Sue, Derald Wing
American Psychologist, v59 n8 p761-769 Nov 2004
Whiteness and ethnocentric monoculturalism are powerful and entrenched determinants of worldview. Because they are invisible and operate outside the level of conscious awareness, they can be detrimental to people of color, women, and other marginalized groups in society. Both define a reality that gives advantages to White Euro American males while disadvantaging others. Although most Americans believe in equality and fairness, the inability to deconstruct these 2 concepts allows society to continue unjust actions and arrangements toward minority groups. Making the "invisible" visible is the major challenge to liberating individuals and society from the continued oppression of others.
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Whites, Racial Bias, Gender Bias, Ethnocentrism, Social Bias, Consciousness Raising, Social Attitudes
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