Whiteness describes, from Little Big Horn to
To be white is to have expunged all dirt, fecal or otherwise, from oneself; to look white is to look clean. . . .Whiteness as an ideal can never be attained, not only because white skin can never be of the hue white, but because ideally white is absence: to be really, absolutely white is to be nothing.
You stop and crawl inside your head with a flashlight to look for the lost lesson. The light jumps out into the darkness like a shout and bounces off freshly painted walls. There is an almost blinding whiteness, an emptiness with your name on it.