Norwegian Study Will Determine if White Paint Is Racist
The University of Bergen in Norway is very concerned about this matter. It seems this is the issue of our day. The scourge of our times. Climate change be dammed! Picket fences, hospital walls, and eaves across the world are now the harbingers of white supremacy. The problem stems from a Norwegian scientific development called TiO2. This was developed by two Norwegian chemists and led to the creation of the first, non-toxic, pure-white paint called titanium white. This is now a bad thing, and the title of the study is “‘How Norway Made the World Whiter’ (NorWhite).” I kid you not:
NorWhite | TiO2 project
'TiO2: How Norway Made the World Whiter' (NorWhite) is a research project in art history, funded by the Research Council of Norway (Researcher Project for Scientific Renewal 2023 - 2028). Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Ingrid Halland. Host institution: The University of Bergen
Whiteness is one of today’s key societal and political concerns. Within and beyond academia worldwide, actions of revolt and regret seek to cope with our racial past. In the pivotal works in whiteness studies within art and architecture history, whiteness is understood as cultural and visual structures of privilege. The new research project, funded by the Research Council of Norway, addresses, however, a distinctively different battleground for politics of whiteness in art and architecture.
As part of the confessional, the study will show Norway’s role in “establishing white as a superior color.” As to the study, there is a load of academic doublespeak that usually comes with these things, but the takeaway is that the brains behind the effort want to determine the link between whiteness, technological innovation, and resource exploitation. Resource exploitation? That’s asking a little much of a gallon of interior latex gloss, don’tcha think? Researchers will also waste time and money investigating titanium white through a historic and critical lens to determine its effect on art, architecture, and other things. I guess we can give the University of Bergen a break. Norway is a little late to the CRT party, and all of the good topics have probably been taken.
On one hand, it’s kind of comforting to think that universities overseas are as mindless, agenda-driven, and unbalanced as our own — comforting in an “It’s a Small World” kind of way. On the other hand, it is depressing to think that universities overseas are as mindless, agenda-driven, and unbalanced as our own. But as the old saying goes, “Go Woke, get a Ph.D.”
Norway, the country that helped give us Vikings and an elite unit of commandos on skis that kept the Nazis from developing an atomic bomb, is now being reduced to a cadre of simpering, petty fussbudgets, fretting about “racist” paint.