Regardless of race, from the moment we take our first breaths on American soil, our existence rotates around whiteness. In this country, whiteness is the standard, the default. From the faces celebrated as beautiful to the people serving as leaders, from styles of dress to patterns of speech, whiteness shapes us as a country and as individuals.
Click here to read more of this story as it appears in the 2019 September/October issue of Horizons Magazine.
Stephanie M. Patterson is multimedia associate/designer for Presbyterian Women, Inc. and staff to the Racial Equity Committee (REC) of PW’s churchwide board of directors.