Decentering Whiteness is the official blog of the Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc. (CSWAC)
For more about CSWAC, please see our website at www.euroamerican.org.
Who is the blog for?
Anyone, really. But we do have some idea of our intended audience, which includes anti-racist practitioners, especially those in institutional settings; DEI professionals; educators; nonprofit managers, administrators, and direct service personnel; human service professionals; as well members of the educated lay public; and grassroots activists who wish to be informed by newly emerging findings and lines of thought on the topics we address.
What are the topics?
Some topics we’ll be examining are:
- Decentering whiteness
- Multiracial community building
- Colorblindness vs color consciousness vs white supremacy
- Transition from white-centered to multiracial-centered society
- Individual and organizational concerns
- Managing whiteness
- Colonizing whiteness
- Monoracism and multiracial perspectives
- Multicultural organizational development
What is your approach?
We intend to include two broad categories of posts: Scientific reports, and experienced-based commentary.
Scientific reports: We’ll distill findings from the behavioral sciences pertaining to decentering whiteness and building multiracial community. We’ll draw on the latest research as reported in academic journals, summarize the research and findings, and suggest practical applications. Our reports will include enough description of research methods so that people can see how variables were actually defined and operationalized. We’ll try to go light on jargon, but we feel readers need this information to judge for yourselves what actually was done.
Experience-based commentary: Drawing from CSWAC’s collective experience and practice pertaining to decentering whiteness and building multiracial community, we offer commentary and analysis. This will range from broad and strategic consideration of social structure and cultural expression to more detailed analyses of current trends and topics.
Other posts: We may include occasional book reviews, and other posts of an eclectic nature as well.
History of the blog
CSWAC established a blog in 2011 over 4 years published several posts by several different authors. By 2015 the blog had lost focus and went dormant. These posts continue to be available.
In 2017 CSWAC reconceived the blog, naming it Decentering Whiteness, and crafting an the approach being described here.
Rights of usage
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CSWAC is making a 2-year commitment (2018 – 2019) to the current blog project. We anticipate publishing 25 to 30 posts per year, or 2 to 3 posts per month at somewhat regular intervals. After 2019, we will evaluate the blog and plan its future accordingly.
Posts are selected, researched, written and edited by an editorial team consisting of Robin Alpern, Charley Flint, and Jeff Hitchcock.
Over the next few months this blog will explore many facets of centered whiteness, and efforts to decenter it and build multiracial community. There are some fascinating and informative stories to be told, ranging from history going well back into the twentieth century to current developments in social psychological research. I’ll raise questions for thought, and explore new directions. I hope you find this perspective useful. Tell your friends and colleagues.