Michael Morris


Standard White reviews White By Law by Ian Haney López and examines the content and construction of whiteness as a racial category. Drawing on examples from medicine, higher education, and naturalization law, Standard White illustrates the central position that whiteness continues to occupy in the United States. By focusing on the operation of white normativity, this Book Review explores the pernicious effects of privileging a particular racial group, even in the absence of overt discrimination or racial animus. Standard White also draws attention to the adaptability of bias. By claiming the center for whites, white normativity allows the pressing concerns of minority groups to be marginalized, even while it simultaneously acknowledges their exceptional achievements. This Book Review concludes by suggesting ways in which the corrosive influence of white normativity might be addressed.

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