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The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen
Call Number: Essential Read -
Publication Date: 1994-1997 (2nd ed. with a new introduction published in 2012)
This two-volume work has become indisipensable for understanding the origins of racial oppression in America. Volume One examines Irish history to show the relativity of race and racial oppression as a form of social control. Volume Two details the development of racial oppression and racial slavery in colonial Virginia and, more broadly, Anglo-America. Allen details the creation of the "white race" by the ruling class as a method of social control.By distinguishing European Americans from African Americans within the laboring class, white privileges enforced the myth of the white race through the years and has been central to maintaining ruling-class domination over the entire working class.
Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility, and Find Our Place on the New Frontlines by Jenna Arnold
Publication Date: Dallas, TX: BenBella Books,2020
Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race by Jean O'Malley Halley; Amy Eshleman; Ramya Mahadevan Vijaya
This interdisciplinary textbook challenges us to see race as everyone's issue. Drawing on sociology, psychology, history, and economics, it introduces the concepts of white privilege and social power. The book is designed to help break down some of the resistance people feel in discussing race. Chapters open with concrete examples to help approach issues from a range of perspectives. Early chapters build a solid understanding of privilege and power, leading to a critical exploration of discrimination. Key theoretical perspectives include cultural materialism, critical race theory, and the social construction of race. Chapters includes discussion questions to help evaluate institutions and policies that perpetuate or counter forces of privilege and discrimination. The website www.seeingwhite.org includes multidisciplinary demonstrations, activities, examples, and images.
Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race, 2nd ed. by Frances Kendall
Publication Date: New York : Routledge, 2013
The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege by Robert Jensen
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: San Francisco: City Light Books, 2005
In The Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. DuBois writes that the question whites want to ask him is: "How does it feel to be a problem?" In The Heart of Whiteness, Robert Jensen writes that it is time for white people in America to self-consciously reverse the direction of that question and to fully acknowledge that in the racial arena, they are the problem. This book offers an honest and rigorous exploration of what Jensen refers to as the depraved nature of whiteness in the United States. Mixing personal experience with data and theory, he faces down the difficult realities of racism and white privilege. He argues that any system that denies non-whites their full humanity also keeps whites from fully accessing their own. This book is both a cautionary tale for those who believe that they have transcended racism, and also an expression of the hope for genuine transcendence. When white people fully understand and accept the painful reality that they are indeed "the problem," it should lead toward serious attempts to change one's own life and join with others to change society.
Privilege, Power, and Difference, 3rd ed. by Allan G. Johnson
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: New York: McGraw-Hill, 2017
This book helps students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, Johnson links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it.
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics, 20th anniv. ed. by George Lipsitz
Publication Date: Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2018
Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority by Tim Wise
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: San Francisco: City Light Books, 2012
White Americans have long been comfortable in the assumption that they are the cultural norm. Now that notion is being challenged, as white people wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, truly multicultural nation. Facing chronic economic insecurity, a popular culture that reflects the nation's diverse cultural reality, a future in which they will no longer constitute the majority of the population, and with a black president in the White House, whites are growing anxious. By means of a racialized nostalgia for a mythological past, the Right is enlisting fearful whites into its campaign for reactionary social and economic policies. In urgent response, Tim Wise has penned his most pointed and provocative work to date. Employing the form of direct personal address, he points a finger at whites' race-based self-delusion, explaining how such an agenda will only do harm to the nation's people, including most whites. In no uncertain terms, he argues that the hope for survival of American democracy lies in the embrace of our multicultural past, present and future.