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The critical study of whiteness is the academic discipline that casts a critical gaze on whiteness—the systemic and normalized ways that White supremacy and power work to mark individuals considered White for social advantage in ways that African Americans cannot expect. African American scholars, notably W. E. B Du Bois, pioneered the critical study of whiteness, but the late 1980s and early 1990s saw a number of White scholars taking up this critique under the banner of “critical whiteness studies.” The field of critical whiteness studies has seen three major movements, some of which continue the work of the critical study of whiteness by African American scholars. Other later movements, however, have shifted the original focus of the critical study of whiteness and, ...

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