Race Manners: Navigating the Minefield Between Black and White Americans

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Arcade Pub., 1999 - Self-Help - 194 pages
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On a crowded bus, a solitary black man seethes while boarding passengers take every seat except the one next to his; in a cafeteria, whites wonder why blacks congregate at the same table every day; in front of a store, a white woman clutches her purse when a black man passes nearby. Race Manners begins with recognizable scenarios containing a racial component that suggest that how we act toward and react to each other on a day-today basis stems from racial assumptions, misunderstandings, and biases. Some we acknowledge, others we are blind to. Bruce Jacobs has written a book that shows us the vexing and clumsy racial situations we all inevitably encounter, large and small, and makes sense of them -- not with lofty abstractions or policy arguments, but with practicality and directness. This is not a saccharine celebration of multicultural relativism but a down-to-earth guide. Sane, intelligent, and above all accessible, Race Manners shoves aside the received gospel of racially safe doctrine and helps readers find their own way in the minefield of race in America.

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User Review  - janey47 - LibraryThing

His heart's very much in the right place, and there's a lot of sense in what he says, but I can't really gauge to what extent he's *right* (like when he talks about healthy ways for Black people to ... Read full review


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Bruce Jacobs is the author of two previous books, Dealing Crack and Robbing Drug Dealers, as well as the author or co-author of approximately 20 journal articles and book chapters. He is also the editor of Investigating Deviance and the recipient of competitive grant funding from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

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