Across America, a diversity of homogeneously white spaces abounds. The spatial stratification that racism begat has created an America pocketed with white suburbs, cities, and farming towns alike. While some may be more known for whiteness and white racism than others (Ivy League frat houses, Mississippi trailer parks, and East Hampton yacht clubs come to mind), this distinction is one of reputation alone. These spaces are often culturally antonymic, but remain united by a few key similarities: racism, privilege, and an ignorance to the undiverse life one is living.
The Mayo Project is:
an ongoing attempt to name and document these common facets of American whiteness and their myriad expressions across regional spaces.
A preemptive answer to the question “What is white culture??”
A condemnation of any particular individual pictured, and makes no assumption about their individual views.
A depiction of the contradiction, confusion, and conflict inherent in white American identity.
A visual representation of “I’m not racist, but...” and the pervasive popularity of opinions like these across class, region, and political affiliation.
A personal attempt to resist the insidious invisibility of whiteness when living and existing in these undiverse white places. A recognition of my own white cis-het positionality and how that shapes my access into spaces both diverse and undiverse.
A work in progress, and feedback is invited and encouraged!!