This is a very thoughtful article and a great read!
Dec 28, 2021, 07:39pm EST
Thewhite gazeis a term popularized by critically acclaimed writer Toni Morrison. When describing how it operates, Morrisonsaidthat it’s this idea that “[Black] lives have no meaning and no depth without the white gaze.” In the simplest terms, the white gaze can beconceptualizedas the assumed white reader. When writers craft stories, the assumed white (and often cisgender, heterosexual, male) audience that they are writing for and to is the white gaze in action. The white gaze can be expanded to mean the ways in which whiteness dominates how we think and operate within society. Being encouraged to adhere to white-centered norms and standards is one of the ways that the white gaze operates. To create a world, and more specifically a workplace, that is built on equity, understanding the ways…
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