Taking Back the Center

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“Taking Back the Center” by Grillo and Wildman, points out the natural advantages of white dominant society. “The white, male, heterosexual societal norm is privileged in such a way that its privilege is rendered invisible”. (Grillo 337) Since, whiteness is accepted as the norm or privileged group, problems of minority groups are ignored and push to the backburner. Those in the dominant priviledged group get to enjoy the many benefits such as having their voices heard in society. On the other hand, minority groups in U.S society are deprived of the opportunity to let their problems be known to society. Grillo and Wildman write about how the privileged dominant white groups are the “speakers” rather than the “listener”. The dominate group often times are ignorant to the issues of minority relations since their status as the privileged group makes them feel superior to the rest of the population. The widely accepted ideal of whiteness as the norm creates exclusiveness within the group, where only the issues of relevance amongst the group are addressed. Minorities are left with very limited resources as U.S society as a whole is still a white dominated society in terms of numbers and accepted ideology of white dominance. Grillo and Wildman writes that even when minorities are given a forum for discussion on race, the dominate majority group often will try to take back the focus of their own agendas. Grillo calls this, “stealing the center.” Grillo and Wildman give examples in the past where such events have happened. A meeting of Law Society was held, where three minority scholars were invited to speak on how to diversify universities. “Many people of color were in attendance, yet many whites choose not to attend”. (Grillo 337) Whites did not want the out-group to be perceived as a part of the privileged group, therefore they did not attend as to exercise their right as the “privileged.” Other tactics in which the dominant group attempts to steal back the center...
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