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ISBN-13: 978-0872864498 ISBN-10: 0872864499 Edition: 10.1.2005

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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers; 10.1.2005 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872864499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872864498
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" . . . a good beginning primer by a white person about confronting racism within and without. . . " - Amanda Davidson -- Modern Times Bookstore Newsletter, San Francisco, January 2006

" . . . concise and thought-provoking book . . . " -- Kel Munger -- Sacramento News and Review

About the Author

Robert Jensen, Ph.D., is a professor of media law, ethics and politics at the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a professional journalist for a decade.

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182 of 248 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on October 11, 2005
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For those who choose to take the trip, Professor Jensen has charted a course, in plain English, and with few pretensions, to fuller understanding of the depth of the scars that American racism has left on our humanity. It has infected our individual and collective psyches with a disease that is difficult to overcome: the disease of color prejudice, white privilege, white supremacy, white superiority, and white racism.

In the same vein as that of Lillian Smith's "Killing the Dream;" or Tim Wise's "White Like Me;" or indeed with the same skill and moving passion as the F. H. Griffith classic, "Black Like Me," professor Jensen has used his own life experience, and his considerable intellectual skills to shake not just the white conscience, but the conscience of America. And while he cannot be blamed for not solving all the problems he raised, we must all be grateful to him for having the courage to raise them, and for doing so in such a clear-minded, passionate and committed manner.

In this short volume, the University of Texas at Austin Professor, Robert Jensen, has demonstrated that he has acquired the necessary self-knowledge (the escape velocity needed to propel himself beyond the orbit of "naïve white supremacy" into the orbit of "fully self-conscious white supremacy") to break away from the comforts of white privilege. This is an important and necessary, but as he so eloquently noted, an insufficient step on the road to overcoming the disease of white privilege, and its larger manifestation, American style white racism.
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50 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Animeg on January 28, 2006
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This book is a good starting primer for those who are unfamiliar with white privilege. I especially like how the book is footnoted, so you can immediately look at his sources, and also how he suggests further reading. A must for every white person.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Fenrick on June 15, 2009
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A very thoughtful, insightful, honest, and disturbing book about the heart of racism; the oppression and injustice of white privilege and the need for whites to understand these things and the nature of "whiteness" - a socially constructed lie that has been deeply destructive. Jensen addresses the destructive results of this lie in perpetuating 3 genocides by the US on Native Americans, African Americans, and the poor of the "3rd World." He also gives us some tools for bringing about learning, understanding, and transformation.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By phillip king on October 10, 2013
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This is an extremely important book that broaches the biggest problem that confronts the human community and holds back a true utopia (the inability of white people to realize that they are the problem and their inability to come to grips with their evil actions around the world prevents a healthy push forward for us all). Genocide of the Indians, Slavery followed by economic re-enslavement of blacks, repatriation of Mexican Americans, Worldwide colonialism, internment camps for Japanese Americans, dropping nuclear bombs on the Japanese, Vietnam, Iraq, endless police brutality and the mass incarceration of blacks are just a few examples of the psychotic need for whites to exterminate and or control non-whites. These actions followed by whites showing absolutely no remorse and in fact taking pride in their evil actions shows extreme denial and severe psychosis.

Racism is a one way street due to the fact that whites created the concept of race in order to categorize all non-whites in their sub-categories and when whites practice racism they are supported by the system of white supremacy that protects them and no one else. Anyone who does something terrible and represses that is setting themselves up for problems. And someone whose relatives are responsible for something horrible affects them on some level if their aware of it. There is clear shame in the fact that white people try to shield their children from the actions of their ancestors (in detail) and constantly rewrite history painting them as heroes and saviors. It is also reinforced by the fact that in American pop culture all of the heroes are white. Every medium in America supports the idea that whites are superior to non-whites.
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As an independent historian, I enjoy any thing that SPEAKS on truth, and historical REALITY! We live in a society that has become so self-absorbed, and brainwashed that, when they are faced with INFORMATION that will burst their DELUSIONAL bubble, they will do, and say almost anything to hold on to that delusion of theirs. The author of this book has given historical facts regarding WHITE PRIVILEGE and this system of WHITE SUPREMACY, and I give this many THUMBS UP! Until we learn what the difference is between RACISM, BIASES, PREJUDICES, and BIGOTRY, we will forever live in a society, and country that is on the verge of an EXPLOSION! The first step is to fully understand that RACE is one of the most destructive words ever created! It truly doesn't exist as far as science and DNA is concerned, however, the social aspect of it is as real as the sun beaming down its rays of ENERGY! Robert Jensen is, someone WHO I feel I can relate to, even though will share different experiences, and come from different societal backgrounds! In summary, the book is A1! This is to say, you will not be dissatisfied, unless you are of many who live in the land of the LIAR, whereas TRUTH is BANNED!
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Robert Jensen is a professor of media law, ethics and politics at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream, among other books. He also writes for popular media, and his opinion and analytic pieces on foreign policy, politics and race have appeared in papers and magazines throughout the United States.

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