The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics, Revised and Expanded Edition (Google eBook)
In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment. Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while imposing impediments to asset accumulation, employment, housing, and health care for minorities. Reaching beyond the black/white binary, Lipsitz shows how whiteness works in respect to Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.Lipsitz delineates the weaknesses embedded in civil rights laws, the racial dimensions of economic restructuring and deindustrialization, and the effects of environmental racism, job discrimination and school segregation. He also analyzes the centrality of whiteness to U.S. culture, and perhaps most importantly, he identifies the sustained and perceptive critique of white privilege embedded in the radical black tradition. This revised and expanded edition also includes an essay about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on working class Blacks in New Orleans, whose perpetual struggle for dignity and self determination has been obscured by the city's image as a tourist party town.
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Review: The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics, Revised and Expanded EditionUser Review - Andrea - Goodreads
An important subject and a good intro. I like when books begin This book argues that public policy and private prejudice work together to create a 'possesive investment in whiteness' that is ... Read full review
Review: The Possessive Investment In WhitenessUser Review - Goodreads
I used to buy used books from Black Studies classes I never took. This was one of them, I think.
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