chapter  3
10 Pages

Whiteness as Property, Interest Convergence, and Intersectionality

Now that we have examined how liberal ideology obscures ongoing racebased inequality and have critiqued the liberal assumptions that we live in a meritocratic and colorblind society, we can turn to three critical race theory concepts to provide fi ner insight into these racialized processes. Th e fi rst concept, whiteness as property, explains why it is so diffi cult to change racial inequality. Th e second concept, “interest convergence,” explains why change is oft en ineff ective when it comes about. Th e third concept, “intersectionality,” shows how race interacts with other categories such as class, gender, and sexual orientation, to produce even more specifi ed racial dynamics making it diffi cult for change to provide equality for everyone.