White Self-Criticality beyond Anti-racism: How Does It Feel to Be a White Problem?

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George Yancy
Lexington Books, Oct 21, 2014 - Social Science - 282 pages
White Self-Criticality beyond Anti-racism powerfully emphasizes the significance of humility, vulnerability, anxiety, questions of complicity, and how being a “good white” is implicated in racial injustice. This collection sets a new precedent for critical race scholarship and critical whiteness studies to take into consideration what it means specifically to be a white problem rather than simply restrict scholarship to the problem of white privilege and white normative invisibility. Ultimately, the text challenges the contemporary rhetoric of a color-blind or color-evasive world in a discourse that is critically engaging and sophisticated, accessible, and persuasive.


 

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Contents

1 Flipping the Script and Still a Problem
1
2 Feeling White Feeling Good
21
3 White Talk as a Barrier to Understanding the Problem with Whiteness
37
4 Unforgetting as a Collective Tactic
57
5 On Not Making a Labor of It
69
6 Youre the Nigger Baby It Isnt Me
85
7 Humility and Whiteness
101
8 I Speak for My People
115
10 Keeping the Strange Unfamiliar
141
11 Cornered by Whiteness
153
12 Whiteness Democracy and the Hegemonic Mind
167
13 Am I the Small Axe or the Big Tree?
189
14 Contort Yourself
211
Bibliography
229
Index
239
About the Editor and Contributors
249

9 Being a White Problem and Feeling It
121

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George Yancy is professor of philosophy at Duquesne University He has authored, edited, and coedited seventeen books.


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