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White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: Boston: Beacon Press, 2018
This book explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
White Men on Race: Power, Privilege, and the Shaping of Cultural Consciousness by Joe R. Feagin and Eileen O'Brien
Publication Date: Boston: Beacon Press, 2003
White Men on Race is a stunning account of the real racial attitudes of America's white male elites. Based on the revealing and provocative testimony of approximately one hundred powerful, upper-income white men, this book shows how white men see racial "others, " how they see white America, how they view racial conflicts, and what they expect for the future of the country. Covering a range of topics, from how they first encountered black Americans to views on black families, interracial dating, affirmative action, immigration, crime, and intervening in discriminatory situations, these hundred white men enlighten us on the racial perspectives of a sample of the country's white male at the beginning of the 21st century.
White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White by Daniel Hill
Publication Date: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017
Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words:"Daniel, you may be white, but don't let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture."Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. In this book, White Awake, he explains the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening, to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity. Throughout the book Hill provides numerous Biblical and theological examples and challenges Christians and the Church to engage with their racial identity and to be forces of repentence, reconcilliation and change.
White Identity Politics by Ashley Jardina
Publication Date: New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019
Amidst discontent over America's growing diversity, many white Americans now view the political world through the lens of a racial identity. Whiteness was once thought to be invisible because of whites' dominant position and ability to claim the mainstream, but today a large portion of whites actively identify with their racial group and support policies and candidates that they view as protecting whites' power and status. In White Identity Politics, Ashley Jardina offers a landmark analysis of emerging patterns of white identity and collective political behavior, drawing on sweeping data. Where past research on whites' racial attitudes emphasized out-group hostility, Jardina brings into focus the significance of in-group identity and favoritism. White Identity Politics shows that disaffected whites are not just found among the working class; they make up a broad proportion of the American public - with profound implications for political behavior and the future of racial conflict in America.
The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
Publication Date: New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017
Today, America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white, Christian nation. Drawing on more than four decades of polling data, The End of White Christian America explains and analyzes the waning vitality of white christian America. The author argues that the visceral nature of today's most heated issues--the vociferous arguments around same-sex marriage and religious and sexual liberty, the rise of the Tea Party following the election of our first black president, and stark disagreements between black and white Americans over the fairness of the criminal justice system--can only be understood against the backdrop of white Christians' anxieties as America's racial and religious topography shifts around them.
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland, Updated ed. by Jonathan M. Metzl
Publication Date: New York: Basic Books, 2020; Originally published 2019
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad; Foreward by Robin DiAngelo
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice - 4th ed. by Paul Kivel
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: Gabriola Island, BC: New Society, 2017
Uprooting Racism offers a framework around neoliberalism and interpersonal, institutional, and cultural racism, along with stories of resistance and white solidarity. It provides practical tools and advice on how white people can work as allies for racial justice, engaging the reader through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action, and includes a wealth of information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latino/as.
This book invites readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations. It illustrates how racial discomfort leads white people toward poor relationships with people of color. Questioning the implications our history has for personal lives and social institutions, the book considers political, economic, socio-cultural, and legal histories that shaped the meanings associated with whiteness. It offers intimate, personal stories of cross-race friendships that address both how a deep understanding of whiteness supports cross-race collaboration and the long-term nature of the work of excising racism from the deep psyche.
The Rise and Fall of the White Republic: Class Politics and Mass Culture in Nineteenth Century America by Alexander Saxton
Publication Date: New York: Verso, 1991
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
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
Publication Date: New York: Viking, 2016
Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South by Lacy K. Ford
Publication Date: New York: Oxford University Press, 2009