There has been a story floating around on the right about a chart called, “Aspects and Assumptions of Whiteness and White Culture in the United States.” This is a ‘woke’ chart in the Museum of African American history, so I assume it depicts what at least some on the woke left believe.
The Smithsonian has now taken down the page that showed the chart, or I’d link directly to the source. This is the page that did have the chart:
The chart was sourced to Robin DiAngelo, so maybe it’s from her book ‘White Fragility’ or another work.
Here’s a page that has an image of it so you can see it for yourself:
Anyway, the chart goes on to list the traits of ‘White People’ or ‘Whiteness’ as including:
Emphasis on the Scientific Method, including:
- Objective, rational linear thinking
- Quantitative emphasis
- Cause and effect relationships
Hard work is a key to success
Work before play
Respect for Authority
Planning for the future
Follow rigid time schedules
Time is a commodity
- Based on English common law
- Intent counts
- Protect property and entitlements
- “The King’s English” rules
- Written tradition
- Avoid conflict, intimacy
- Don’t discuss personal life
- Be polite
There are many more, but these are the ones that really stuck out at me.
Is this what the ‘woke’ left really believes? Or is this a parody, or has some context I don’t understand?
Isn’t assigning broad characteristics to people based on their skin color kind of racist?
Isn’t this grossly insulting to people who don’t have ‘whiteness’? Are we really supposed to believe that a minority employee who is polite, shows up on time or shows personal responsibility is exhibiting ‘whiteness’?
See, to me the above reads more like a list of traits that successful people have, regardless of culture or skin color. It also reads like it could have been a KKK leaflet in the 1950’s, as it’s basically the obverse of every racist stereotype of black people. If ‘Whiteness’ is all these things, then non-whites don’t have them, or shouldn’t have them. That’s exactly what the Klan used to say.
So what’s the deal with this? I’m assuming that the idea is to show examples of ‘systemic racism’, that white people are good at these things so they reward them, which puts people with other traits at a disadvantage. But ye gods, things like being on time or delaying gratification or objective rational thinking are just things that successful people do whether they live here, India, China, or the Sudan. Assigning them as ‘white’ traits seems horrific - and racist against minorities.
I’m honestly interested in hearing a defense of these ideas, because the right-wing sites discussing this obviously take the worst interpretations and magnify them. So maybe I’m making a category error in how I interpret this. Plesse explain the meaning if that’s the case.