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Norway funds research to find out whether white paint is racist

Norway funds research to find out whether white paint is racist

Is whiteness racist? Norway’s University of Bergen is exploring that question, asking how the aesthetic of white has contributed to and helped the nation white supremacy”.[make] world white

“Whiteness is not only a cultural and social condition tied to skin color, privileges and systematic exclusion, but is physical everywhere around us,” reads part of the study.

“Although Norway is not a traditional colonial power, this project will show how the country has taken a leading role globally in establishing white as a superior colour,” it said. “Until now, however, this story has been little known to scholars and the public.”

The study on whiteness and paint, coined as Norwhite, examines the paint pigment Titanium White developed by the Norwegians through a “historical, aesthetic and critical” lens to determine whether the development of color has had a “social impact”. change” as well as how innovation contributed. Led to “Planetary Consequences”.

“Currently the Norwegian innovation TiO2 [titanium dioxide] Present in virtually every part of modern life… The primary research question is: what are the cultural and aesthetic changes induced by titanium white and TiO2 surfaces โ€“ and how can these changes be made perceptual and visible, both in the material itself and in the future? asks for details.

The University of Bergen in Norway is investigating whether the color white is racist.
The University of Bergen in Norway is investigating whether the color white is racist.
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The Research Council of Norway, a government agency, is funding the study with NOK 12 million (the Norwegian currency is the krone), which was discovered by Ingrid Holland, associate professor and historian at the University of Bergen, through a grant that allows the use of paint colors. Explores the historical legacy of, its origins. In Norway, and images of many of the country’s buildings are painted in colour.

โ€œThe overall objective of NorWhite is to critically and visually examine the cultural and aesthetic precedents of a complex and untouched part of Norwegian technology and innovation history that โ€“ as the project claims โ€“ made the world white,โ€ the description concluded.

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The study is sponsored by two major companies that have contributed to the spread of titanium white paint in the country โ€“ Titania A/S which extracts the ore for use in titanium-based products and Kronos Titan, which produces titanium dioxide pigment.

The study will focus on whitewash and paint.
The study will focus on whitewash and paint.
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The study suggests that titanium dioxide is currently a part of everyday life, including food, paper, tattoos, synthetic textiles, cosmetics and more, in addition to changing the country’s architectural aesthetic through a brighter, more opaque color. Besides, further research aims to differentiate it. The landmark development that “revolutionized the colour-industry” with the color “Absolute White”.

The University of Bergen study is the latest example of higher education focusing on “whiteness”.

Last year in the United States, Los Angeles Public Schools enforced the idea that “merit” and “individualism” were concepts arising from “whiteness” and should be questioned.

Fox News Digital obtained documents from the government watchdog group Judicial Watch last year that pointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point as one of the institutions that hit back at “whitewashing” with its critical race theory-based curriculum last year. was one of the

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmer contributed to this report.

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