Unpacking Whiteness in Zion : Some Personal Reflections and General Observations
Bringhurst, Newell G.,Smith, Darron T.
Black and Mormon
University of Illinois Press
"To further clarify and problematize the central issues, in this essay I focus on two tenets of 'whiteness theory,' avoidance of race talk and color blindness. These concepts, in my estimation, offer substantial insights into understanding the prime cause for what I perceive as the continued marginalization of African Americans within the LDS Church. Whiteness theory is an analytical tool that specifically names and displaces whiteness as a monolithic power structure. It demonstrates the 'normalization' of whiteness and white privilege at the center of knowledge production. Whiteness theory affirms that 'white' is not a biological distinction, but rather a social construction that benefits whites and those passing as white." (taken from author's introduction)