White men on race: power, privilege, and the shaping of cultural consciousness
Based on the revealing and provocative testimony of approximately one hundred powerful, upper-income white men, White Men on Race 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 the country's white male elites as we enter the twenty-first century. These white men, mostly baby boomers ranging in age from thirty to sixty-five, reside in a variety of cities and states. Some are at the top of powerful economic and government organizations and are members of the small national governing class, while others are a tier below the top level. Others are executives in corporations, influential academics and administrators, important physicians, attorneys, and local businesspeople. The authors closely analyze the racial experiences and attitudes of this powerful group of white men and argue that the ideas they express are not isolated notions but part of a larger, troubling perspective on race in America that continues to shape white lives and actions and, ultimately, the course of the nation.
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White men on race: power, privilege, and the shaping of cultural consciousnessUser Review - Book Verdict
The new field of"whiteness studies"--the exploration of how whites construct their racial identities and their relations with minorities--gets an eye-opening addition with this survey of upper-class white men. Sociologists Feagin and O'Brien interviewed 100 of the movers and shakers in business, academia, government and other professions--opinion makers for the white community--on their personal attitudes toward and interactions with blacks and other minorities and recorded their opinions on topics including affirmative action and interracial marriage. Their research indicates that while overt expressions of racism are rare (although not entirely absent) a pattern of subtle bias and stereotyping has emerged, part of what the authors term a"collective white consciousness." These prominent white men tend to ascribe the social disadvantages of blacks to family breakdowns and cultural pathology, not discrimination and they oppose or have reservations about affirmative action (although they often support mild variants under other names). Members of the white male elite underestimate the effects of segregation and discrimination against blacks, overestimate the harm done to whites by"reverse discrimination," and still feel uneasy at the prospect of their daughters bringing black men home for dinner. The authors ascribe many of these sentiments to distorted media images and to the"white bubble" of segregated suburbs, white-dominated workplaces and social settings, where whites seldom interact with minorities on an equal footing or gain any understanding of their lives. Moreover, there is also a"group ideology" at work, particularly when interviewees interpret a hypothetical vignette about a white salesclerk ignoring black customers as a story about black criminality instead of a story about white discrimination. Full of sharp and nuanced insights, this book offers a revealing glimpse into the heart of whiteness.
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I thought this was a really good because it broke down each aspect of everyones opinion of how people were treated based off race preference. In which, it gave me a good insight of how things were during segregated times in the south.
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