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PBS Online Series: "The Whiteness Project"

An interactive online series from the PBS POV program is bringing everyday white Americans, who would not normally engage in a project about race, into the racial discussion.

According to the producers,  “We take for granted that there is a "white" race in America, but rarely is the concept of whiteness itself investigated. What does it mean to be white? Can it be genetically defined? Is it a cultural construct? A state of mind? What privileges are exclusive to Caucasians?”

This last question is the subject of Whiteness Project: Inside the White Caucasian Box, an interactive look at how white people process their perceived advantages or disadvantages. The project is created from interviews shot in Buffalo,  that represent a cross‐section of the city's white population. 

You can view the project at, and join the conversation using the hashtag #WhitenessProject.

There is a Twitter chat with director and producer Whitney Dow, at #docchat Wednesday, October 22 from 1 to 2pm. You can ask Dow a question by posting to Twitter with the hashtages #WhitenessProject and #docchat.

Then, on Monday, October 27, you can ask Dow anything in a Reddit AMA at 2:00 p.m.

WXXI News will also be exploring this topic further in the coming weeks.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.