White: Essays on Race and Culture

Dyer, Richard

White people are not literally or symbolically white; nor are they uniquely virtuous and pure. "Racial imagery and racial representation are central to the organisation of the contemporary world but, while there are many studies of images of black and Asian people, whiteness is an invisible racial position. At the level of racial representation, whites are not of a certain race. They are just the human race, a 'colour' against which other ethnicities are always examined."