What Does It Mean To Break up With Whiteness?

Vanessa K. De Luca
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1 min readJan 27, 2021

That’s the question Tressie McMillan Cottom poses in her latest Medium blog post. To her, it’s the end goal of a turbulent journey this country has been on since its inception. As she states:

If no one else has mentioned it (or, you missed that day in class), I want to be very clear: Breaking up with Whiteness is absolutely the endgame of all anti-racist, humanist, post-racism work.

I’ve never heard it described in quite that way before. I mean, we all know that systemic racism is so ingrained in the firmament of this country that to extract it sometimes seems akin to digging the Grand Canyon.

Still, Cottom posits that it’s absolutely necessary to give up all manner of connections to Whiteness if one is truly down for the cause of anti-racism.

Take a read here, and let me know your thoughts.

Vanessa K. De Luca
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Editor-in-chief of @zoramag @medium. Wife, mom, daughter, friend, community servant. Twitter and IG: @Vanessa_KDeLuca

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