white·​ness | \ˈhwīt-nəs, ˈwīt-\

Definition of whiteness 

1 : the quality or state of being white: such as

a : white color

b : pallor, paleness

c : freedom from stain : cleanness

2 : white substance

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Combined with the legitimate measures taken by some people and organizations to untilt the playing field, any attempt at fairness might feel like an attack on whiteness. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Oppression of White America," 22 June 2018 Of course, not everyone likes the hyper-whiteness of Google's new design direction. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed," 13 Sep. 2018 The barrier of entry into wellness is money, which is inextricably linked to race and class, and where income opportunity is most often determined by one’s proximity to whiteness. Tasnim Ahmed, Allure, "I Bought Into the Commercialized Wellness Industry and It Left Me Broke (and Unwell)," 9 Aug. 2018 The entry hall to her New York apartment is equally bracing—blinding in its whiteness, it is filled with oversize artwork and sculptures by a who's who of 20th-century Pop and contemporary artists. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Lisa Perry's New York Entry Hall," 4 Sep. 2013 In other words, less overall whiteness and maleness at the top seems to be a good thing; though the study didn’t suggest that any of these companies suffered for having a white, male CEO. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Privilege Trap: Can Rich Kids Become Good Leaders?," 6 Oct. 2018 These were not to protect us but what was in front of us: a vast squidginess of soft whiteness that sat on Jones’s parquet floor like some monster marshmallow. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Anya Hindmarch’s Chubby Cloud Installation Was the Most Surprising—And Comfiest—Moment of London Fashion Week," 17 Sep. 2018 Freedom doesn’t look like $40 and proximity to whiteness, anymore. Rudy Mageo, The Root, "It Takes Heart to Fight: What Boxing Taught Me About White Supremacy," 31 May 2018 Some groups pay for their passage toward whiteness by becoming racist themselves, some scholars say. John Blake, CNN, "The blurring of racial lines won't save America. Why 'racial fluidity' is a con," 11 June 2018

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

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