“[White people] are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it.” - James Baldwin.
In this project, I am excavating the ways that “well-meaning” or progressive white people, even those who are committed to racial justice, are complicit in the system of white supremacy. In Inheritance of White Silence, a set of white linen napkins from my grandmother are being embroidered with symptoms of internalized white superiority. In the next phase, I will document members of my family wearing these napkins as blindfolds and engage in conversations with them about ways that we unconsciously pass down and perpetuate white superiority, and what we can do to more effectively resist this insidious lineage. The results will be compiled into a book format.