(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) Leftist University of Bergen in Norway decided to waste their taxpayers’ money by launching a study on whether white paint is racist or not and asking how the aesthetic of white paint helped the country to contribute to white supremacy and helped “[make] the world whiter.”
“Whiteness is not only a cultural and societal condition tied to skin color, privileges and systematic exclusion but materializes everywhere around us,” according to a rundown of the study.
“Although Norway is not a conventional colonial power, this project will show how the country has played a globally leading role in establishing white as a superior color. Until now, however, this story has been lesser known to scholars and the public.”
NorWhite — the study on whiteness and paint — observes a paint pigment titanium white that was developed in Norway through “historical, aesthetic and critical” lenses to determine how the development of the color contributed to “social transformation” and how the innovation led to “planetary consequences,” according to the New York Post.
“Currently the Norwegian innovation TiO2 [titanium dioxide] is present in literally every part of modern life…” the description stated.
“The primary research question is: What are the cultural and aesthetic changes instigated by titanium white and TiO2 surfaces — and how can both the material in itself and these changes be conceptualized and made visible?”
The University of Bergen associate professor and historian Ingrid Halland, who works on the study, received a 12 million Norwegian Krone (about $1.2 million US) grant from the Research Council of Norway, a government agency.
“The overall objective of NorWhite is to critically and visually investigate the cultural and aesthetic preconditions of a complex and unexplored part of Norwegian technology and innovation history that has — as this project claims — made the world whiter,” the description said.