- 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Picture a doctor.
Picture a taxpaying American.
Were any of these images black people? Probably not...even if you are black yourself. In our society the presumption is that people are white unless they are specifically raced otherwise. This presumption of whiteness as "the norm" and everyone else as "the other" - and the immense societal costs of this presumption - is at the heart of this collection, explored in 16 accessible readings designed to allow educators at different levels to initiate conversations about whiteness and white privilege in courses in many disciplines. It's divided into four sections, each with discussion questions:
The Power of Invisibility exposes the hidden power of whiteness, and the advantages it provides to whites as a group without them ever having realize, much less acknowledge, that such advantages exist.
The Power of the Past traces how and why the definition of "whiteness" has evolved and changed over the years. For example, there was a time when the Irish, Jews and Eastern Europeans (among others) were not considered white. "The Possessive Investment in Whiteness" demonstrates that long after slavery ended, public policy (even that supposedly designed to help minorities, like Urban Renewal) has systematically and adversely effected African Americans' ability to amass net worth, enhancing the rewards of past discrimination. Meanwhile, when white people start to feel disadvantaged or inconvenienced, they blame "affirmative action.Read more ›
It should be noted that this is a primer - an entry-level text on whiteness. This book is highly recommended for those seeking a deeper understanding of what whiteness is, what it means, and to some degree what it costs. It's a valuable starting point with numerous references and further readings for those who seek a deeper, richer, understanding of whiteness.
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.Read more ›
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Greattach book, good condition, clean, and delivered within the 2 days Prime offers.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Racist,racist,racist would not recommend, will burn it wh n class is overPublished 4 months ago by Ms GB
An essential text for understanding the important issue of race and racism in American society. Those seeing the text as "white bashing" are not only fundamentally missing... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scott Vandehey
Racism is a social construct. Its not real. People are people. We all just do things differently. Accept that and you'll be just fine. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Justin
Other reviews have pointed out the hypocrisy of a Jewish author condemning whites, but only after excluding Jews from the white privilege category. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Top Reviewer 4 now
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... Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. oliver
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. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Quintessa T.