Silent Racism: How Well-meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide

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Paradigm Publishers, 2006 - Social Science - 181 pages
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Vivid and engaging, Silent Racismpersuasively demonstrates that silent racism - racism by people who classify themselves as "not racist" - is instrumental in the production of institutional racism. Trepagnier argues that heightened race awareness is more important in changing racial inequality than judging whether individuals are racist. The collective voices and confessions of "non-racist" white women heard in this book help reveal that all individuals harbor some racist thoughts and feelings. Trepagnier uses vivid focus group interviews to argue that the oppositional categories of racist/not racist are outdated. The oppositional categories should be replaced in contemporary thought with a continuum model that more accurately portrays today's racial reality in the United States. A shift to a continuum model can raise the race awareness of well-meaning white people and improve race relations. Offering a fresh approach, Silent Racismis an essential resource for teaching and thinking about racism in the twenty-first century.

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I read this book a long time ago. Good exposure to how others view this issue. I was surprised to find out that it is considered a textbook at some universities. If the scenarios in it are true then ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Lalone - Goodreads

This is an incredible experience the first time you read it. It is also very challenging. To face the entirety of white privilege for the first time is not something anyone enjoys doing, but ... Read full review


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Barbara Trepagnier is an associate professor of sociology at Texas State University-San Marcos.

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