Assignment 2: Whiteness Deconstructed Assignment goal

Assignment 2: Whiteness Deconstructed

Assignment goal

Discuss the construction of whiteness.

Apply an understanding of whiteness to societal structures.


Read the OER chapter on whiteness, watch the video, and and answer the following:


How has whiteness changed over time?

Give examples of how whiteness is institutionalized. Provide at least 2 examples. (hint: you can use the definition of institutional racism in this chapter or from the Black American module)

What is Possessive Investment in Whiteness and what are examples of this in this chapter/video? Provide at least 2 examples.

How does white supremacy compare/relate to people of color histories and inequalities/inequities? (this can be answered in relation to the course up until this point citing specific examples ONLY from course materials and connecting the understanding of white supremacy from this chapter. this can also be answered solely using this week’s materials)

Use the rubric to guide your work.

Post your assignment to Canvas assignment #2 Whiteness Deconstructed

Grading Criteria

Please see rubric. This will include:


answers the prompts

including direct examples ONLY from the chapter (Hodges, 2023) or video that appropriately reflects the task and cites each example

makes the connection between institutional racism and whiteness (rather than just interpersonal racism)

when asked, makes appropriate course connections using only course materials with this week’s material

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Assignment 2: Whiteness Deconstructed Assignment goal

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