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Ibram X. Kendi: ‘Construction of Whiteness Prevents White People from Connecting to Humanity’

‘When you’re not able to see yourself in other human beings, that creates all sorts of problems’
By Grabien Staff

EXCERPT:

KENDI: “I don’t think white people worldwide have really reckoned with how much their own personal identity is shaped by constructions of whiteness, and how much that construction of whiteness prevents white people from connecting to humanity. In other words, recognizing that — when you — when you recognize that you are part and parcel of humanity — in other words, you’re not over humanity, right? It allows you to really be able to connect to people who don’t look like you, who have kinky hair, who have dark skin, and to see yourself in them. And it’s whiteness that prevents that, right? And when you’re not able to see yourself in other human beings, that creates all sorts of problems, but not just societal problems, personal problems that I think, hopefully, this film and this work will liberate those folks from.”

(via Twitter)

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