White silence is experienced by members of the White culture who, during discussions of racial issues, experience negative emotions including guilt and anger. When these feelings are not addressed, Whites begin to resist certain content areas. This resistance takes on the form of White silence. Using interviews, the researcher explored the concept of White silence through the lived experiences of three African American students at a mid-size public institution.
DiMascio, M. (2003). The Deafening Silence of Whites. The Vermont Connection, 24(1). https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/tvc/vol24/iss1/1