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White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism Paperback – February 9, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1429233446 ISBN-10: 1429233443 Edition: 4th

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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: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This suggests that just as there are no "male chauvinist pig innocents," there also surely are no "white racist innocents" either.
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I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those that have not or rarely experienced other cultures or races.
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Funny how a jew would claim white privilege and them exempt their self from it, youtube- i'm not white i'm jewish. I do not recommend this book, it is a fraud and a scam.
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5 of 9 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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21 of 36 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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This innocent seeming book, a collection of excerpts from other books and articles on race -- which I personally think are more appropriately and usefully read in their original and thus in their proper context -- is divided into four neatly ordered parts.

Part I, attempts to bring white privilege out into the open, into an "academic clearing" as it were, where it can then be openly discussed. Part II discusses how some non-white ethnics actually later got admitted to "white-hood" -- through the backdoor of an ever-evolving social construction and dynamic reconstruction of whiteness to suit the times. However, in an act of pure academic cowardice, the author does not fully admit to, or fully embrace the idea that whiteness is indeed a social construct? Part III, almost in a backhanded fashion, enumerates some (but not all) of the many benefits of white privilege, benefits both tangible and intangible that have accrued in one continuous cross-generational stream from birth to death to a supposedly unknowing innocent set of recipients -- all having a single attribute in common, white skin.

Taken together, this innocent looking package puts forth what I am almost certain is a most flawed thesis: that since white privilege is the "existing social norm," then, this very fact must certainly mean that those who benefit from its carefully constructed morally illicit rules, must also be completely unaware of (and thus innocent) of its presence?

It must be said as well, if only as a corollary to this illogic, that they must also be innocent of all the benefits that accrue to them from this invisible and passive privilege.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. M. Tran on March 2, 2013
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I bought this book for a class about white privilege and race, not knowing anything about the subject at all. It was a good start and very eye-opening.
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18 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Randi on March 2, 2013
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This book is the most bias, opinionated, and judgmental text that I have ever read. I actually felt more criticized and worthless after I read it. I wouldn't want anyone to read this book unless you are racist.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Joseph Billings on August 18, 2014
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This book is a collection of essays written by people who still live and think like it is the 1800,s and slavery still exists. The entire premise of this book is to essentially blame white Americans for racism. This is not the case racism exists in all cultures towards people of different ethnicity and religion. In some African countries there is band on whites from owning land or using certain facilities this is racist towards whites. While some people may choose to be racist the premise of this book is that whites are inherently racist even when we are not.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Ledermann on January 28, 2014
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A sobering look at the undercurrent of white privilege in the U.S. It is not something white people have earned or are often aware of, but it is there. Most of the time it lays just under the surface, but raises its ugly, but powerful head when we look at statistics of home loan approvals, home sales, rates of incarceration across races. It lurks under the surface when we hear on the news how only people of color are described by their race, but white people are described by their accomplishments, jobs, or some other identifier (the normalizing of whiteness).

It is a small book, but speaks largely on a topic that most books seem to avoid or mention as "the problem" but fail to go further. This book unpacks the realities of which so many white people are unaware (or of which don't want to become aware), but use and rely on for their own success. A challenging, but worthwhile read.
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