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White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism 4th Edition

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Studies of racism often focus on its devastating effects on the victims of prejudice. But no discussion of race is complete without exploring the other side--the ways in which some people or groups actually benefit, deliberately or inadvertently, from racial bias. This is the subject of Paula Rothenberg's groundbreaking anthology, White Privilege.

The new edition of White Privilege once again challenges readers to explore ideas for using the power and the concept of white privilege to help combat racism in their own lives, and includes key essays and articles by Peggy McIntosh, Richard Dyer, bell hooks, Robert Jensen, Allan G. Johnson, and others. Three additional essays add new levels of complexity to our understanding of the paradoxical nature of white privilege and the politics and economics that lie behind the social construction of whiteness, making this edition an even better choice for educators.
Brief, inexpensive, and easily integrated with other texts, this interdisciplinary collection of commonsense, non-rhetorical readings lets educators incorporate discussions of whiteness and white privilege into a variety of disciplines, including sociology, English composition, psychology, social work, women's studies, political science, and American studies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers; 4th edition (February 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429233443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429233446
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Quintessa T. on February 2, 2015
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This book was a really good read that discusses the current issue within societies and why race relations, particularly in America, is barely getting any better. As for the reviewers who gave it one star and didn't leave an actual decent book review, thanks for proving the very first chapter of the book right as it talks about the uncomfortableness that whites get when white privilege is being brought up. The reason why you feel guilty is because now you see that there's more to POC not advancing in society and not having the same opportunity to advance in society than white people than that boring, ignorant and lame "They're not working hard enough. They're lazy" excuse. Nobody is trying to make white people feel guilty that they have privilege. The book simply argues that white people need to acknowledge that they do have it and if you want better race relations to happen or see an actual united United States, get rid of it and let the playing field be equal to ALL the people that live in this country.

And as for the other reviewers, if this book made you mad and your only way to discredit this book is to write it off as "racist" (which is such a weak excuse because in order for the book to be racist, it has to put down or uplift a race of people below or above other races--which the book doesn't do since all it's talking about is the benefits a certain race receives over others and uses evidence to support their arguments) or point out the author's Jewish background (when technically, each of the chapters are written by many different authors, she just collected their writings and put them in a book), then great job showing that you know you have white privilege. The only problem is, this book challenges you to get rid of it, and that's exactly what you DON'T want to do.

Again, great book to read, and if you want to continue being an ignorant bigot, it's a terrible book (for you).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery L Corbin on July 15, 2015
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I'm finding it difficult to write just a good or a bad review on Paula Rothenberg’s White Privilege. The reason being- there are only so many ways to say that the concept of “white privilege” exists and that white people are benefiting from it.

In short, this book is made up of a collection of essays Rothenberg saw as well-suited to approach the notion of white privilege. It is divided up into four parts, each with its own theme. Part one, titled “Whiteness: The Power of Invisibility”, discusses how many white people aren’t aware of the privilege they have, but also don’t want to come to terms with it. The book essentially works as a funnel, first explaining the matters of “whiteness” and “white privilege”, and then delving further into the power behind such privilege, and how to combat it (addressed in part four- “Whiteness: The Power of Resistance”).

After reading the few chapters that made up Part one, I found myself in a strange position; I was interested in the material, yet I was falling asleep while reading it. Was I tired? No, I was fine 10 minutes ago. Am I bored? Possibly. I quickly discovered that it was because I felt I was reading the same material over and over again. Thirty pages in and I already knew what the rest of the book would entail; more essays about how “whiteness” has been glorified throughout history and as a result, those who identify as “white” have been benefiting greatly in society. Though I agreed with much of the text in the essays I was presented with, I couldn’t help but feel bored; I knew I could walk away from the book and not feel like I was missing out on anything.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. oliver on July 16, 2015
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I have not completed he entre book but it is well worth readng. Although I do not aree with everythng the book says, the premise is true, whites in america have privileges in america that is not open to non whites. Do no get angry, read and understand what is true so that change can be made. In one review the writer was so angry he excused the entire book. This why racial relations in america move so slow. Except what is true.
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12 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nichi on January 4, 2014
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I'm white. I knew racism existed well before reading this book. I tried to be colour-blind and every other not racist type of trick in the proverbial book. Then I read this text. It outlined things I didn't know before reading it. I had no idea how much race came up for people of colour, I had no idea how valuable one's race could be to oneself, the evolution of race in America, how to be anti-racist, and just how much white privilege there is.

The book does leave out "Crazy Sometimes" by Leonard Pitts Jr. from the 3rd edition, but I would recommend reading every essay in here. Even if not every single one is totally right or agreeable, all in all there's a lot to chew on.
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28 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Heather Larson on February 21, 2009
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This book was an uncomfortable read because I was unaware of the privileges white people have and take for granted. The book provided me with a new view of race and prejudice. White Privilege describes how other races feel and forces you to develop empathy with that race or gender. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those that have not or rarely experienced other cultures or races. Great read, well written and moves fast.
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