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By Steve Thorngate
Two years ago, blogger Christian Lander struck satiric gold by chronicling the interests and motivations of white people. Lander’s valuable insight was that as members of a privileged majority group, we tend to think of ourselves as simply part of the overall culture—when in fact we comprise a racial subgroup like any other.
I thought of this earlier this month when I heard Eula Biss speak at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago. Among other things, the essayist talked about how difficult it is to find good writing on the subject of whiteness. “White people don’t make it easy for each other to talk about race,” she said. Instead, “we punish each other and police each other.”