white·​ness | \ ˈhwīt-nəs How to pronounce whiteness (audio) , ˈwīt-\

Definition of whiteness

1 : the quality or state of being white: such as
a : white color
c : freedom from stain : cleanness
2 : white substance

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But whiteness wasn’t just the absence of people of color. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "N.C. Wyeth painted the world full of beauty, resilience and adventure. And full of white people.," 3 July 2019 My respondents felt that no amount of achievements could surpass whiteness, in other words, meritocracy in the academy is a myth. Katy Sian, Quartz, "“Liberal racism” continues to plague Britain’s universities," 27 June 2019 Garrett-Davis, also of the Autry Museum, asked about the role of whiteness in the Western. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Lil Nas X isn’t an anomaly — black people have always been a part of country music," 5 June 2019 Yet in odd ways, the name allowed her to briefly step outside her whiteness. John Blake, CNN, "What it's like to be a white woman named LaKiesha," 15 June 2019 Over the years, Barbie has been the subject of feminist critique, not just for her whiteness, but also for her impossible-to-reproduce-in-real-life proportions. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Barbie Will Be Honored at This Year’s CFDA Awards," 16 May 2019 The president’s willingness to define himself through his whiteness set him apart from his rivals in 2016, eventually helping to elevate him to the White House. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Racial Dog Whistle," 20 June 2019 Republican politics are embedded in one principle: whiteness. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Make the Mailbag Great Again," 15 June 2018 The point these people miss is that the majority of experiences here in America already tend to center and highlight whiteness and cater to its safety. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter"," 16 Apr. 2019

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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