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Taking It Home, Workshop 3: Dominant Culture and Identity

In "Building the World We Dream About," a Tapestry of Faith program

To consider "Whiteness" . . . is not an attack on people, whatever their skin color. Instead, [it] is an attempt to think critically about how white skin preference has operated systematically, structurally, and sometimes unconsciously as a dominant force in American—and indeed in global society and culture. — Dr. Gregory Jay, contemporary author and educator

As you go about your everyday life, make note of the impact of White identity in your surroundings. In which environments is Whiteness assumed to be the norm? Notice manifestations of Whiteness in your congregation, the place you work or attend school, your grocery store, where you get your hair cut, your neighborhood activities, and so forth. Record your observations in your journal and/or compare notes with another workshop participant.

Obtain and watch the series Race—The Power of an Illusion (California Newsreel, 2003) and/or explore What Is Race? on the PBS website. You can purchase Race—The Power of an Illusion from the California Newsreel website (which also offers a study guide and related resources) or borrow it from the UUA video and DVD loan library or your public library.

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Last updated on Friday, July 20, 2012.

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