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Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Open Media) Paperback – January 10, 2012
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"Wise, an educator and racial justice advocate, presents an analysis of race relations and ideology in the contemporary US, as a letter addressed to its 200 million white citizens. As demographic trends portend a more colorful United States, and as its first black president begins a second term, Wise confronts the white fear of losing cultural hegemony, on the one hand, and the politics of resentment that has been both a real and contrived source of right-wing power in national politics. The book is aimed at a reasonable audience who may describe themselves as 'not a racist,' but whose assumptions about race and social power make them underestimate or misrecognize racism's persistence in the US. There are notes and citations in the end, but no index."Book News
"The leading white anti-racist commentator in the United States, Wise has long been renowned in academic and activist circles for his nuanced yet pointed indictments of white supremacy's grip on our nation. In this pithy, almost-pocket-sized book, the popular notion that Barack Obama’s election as president is evidence of a 'post-racial' United States is dissected and disrupted. In factas Wise points out many months in advance of the November electionan increasingly multiracial country that may have led many whites to have 'discovered our inner libertarian, and decided that government intervention was bad' was evidence of both a diversifying electorate and one in which race is still a critical indicator."Fellowship Magazine
"In his latest, he cuts to the core of white fears, using his white authority and white privilege to tell other whites that yes, it's time for you to deal with yourselves and the new American reality you now inhabit."Drums in the Global Village
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1) You will feel proud of being a minority and better argue the current popular racial resentment rethoric (right wing propaganda).
2) As the majority race, you will analyze your own views and stereotypes. Worry, perhaps, and seek to truly bridge the racial gap with true and logical solutions.
3) Or you will ignore this, because it doesnt suit your view of America as a minority or majority race.
We are united, as crazy as it sounds, more than ever. We white, black, brown, red or purple face similar problems. Whether its wall street at the brink of bankrupting our country, education,
job security, terrorism, government role, unemployment.
Perhaps white america has tasted whats its like to be a minority, can better understand one another and start uniting as one.
At times I just
think the wealthy pit the middle and low class against one another with racial tensions and xenophobia.
Lets rise above that and unite as one, for our nation and future children.
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Nothing new. A rehash of his previous material. Self serving. Insulting to good people, such as Patriots and Veterans. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tom Turlock
Required read for a class. Interesting material from his point of view. Makes you sit back and look at yourself.Published 5 months ago by Dawn
While extremely interesting, some chapters needed to be read then reread to understand easily. I read a little but put it down very soon. Read morePublished 6 months ago by satisfied shopper