White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness

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Macmillan, 1999 - Social Science - 221 pages
Berger juxtaposes a series of brilliant short takes about the politics of race with personal and often disturbing vignettes about his own racial coming-of-age. These, in turn, are amplified by other voices and points of view: the words of ordinary people coping with fears and anxieties about race, and passages deftly drawn from the work of James Baldwin, Roland Barthes, Toni Morrison, and other writers. Berger has become a passionate observer of race matters, searching out the subtle and not-so-subtle manifestations of racial meaning in everyday life. In "White Lies," he encourages us to reckon with our own complex and often troubling opinions about race.
 

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A book that is both immensely interesting and ultimately frustrating: part autobiographical vignettes, part a collection of anecdotes and quotes by whites and blacks on how each group perceives the ... Read full review

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This book is a collection of thoughts,encounters,and writings on racism. I'm not sure what I expected when I picked it up, but it wasn't this collection of information from so many people. This is not ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
MOTHER
WHITE
POWDER
POWER
SMILE
PROBLEM
NEGRO LOVER
ARETHA
MEMORY
BROTHER
SKIN
IQ
INITIATION
NURSE
ENVY

BEAUTY
SILENCE
DELUSION
TRASH
WHITE 2
RAGE
MENTOR
HAIR
CLASS
GAMES
SEGREGATION
FATHER
INTEGRATION
JEW
RACE
HAIR 2
TRUST
CAUGHT
CAIN
ARTIFACT
MIRROR
CLASS 2
MYTH
HYPE
PASSING
PASSING 2
PROJECTION
PINK
AFFIRMATIVE
FINALE
HAIR 2
MIRROR 2
COLORBLIND
ARTIFACT 2
CORNERED
WHITE 3
THEM
KNOWING
DIALOGUE
TREASON
DENIAL
FEAR
BISCUITS
HOTELS
WORDS
POLITESSE
FIRE
WHITENESS
KIDS
WALKING
EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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