chapter  1
Transforming Whiteness with Roycean Loyalty: A Pragmatist Feminist Account
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How should white people concerned about racial justice comport themselves toward their whiteness? In this chapter, I draw from Josiah Royce to argue that white people who are seeking to transform whiteness need to develop an antiracist loyalty to their race. Rather than try to fl ee their whiteness, white people need to embrace it more tightly. Rather than try to create distance between themselves and their racial identity, white people need a closer, more intimate relationship with it. Rather than despise or betray their whiteness, white people need to loyally and critically love it. As James Baldwin attests, this will mean their learning to love themselves and other white people.