White Lies: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in White Supremacist Discourse

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Social Science - 171 pages
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White supremacist groups have traditionally been viewed as "fringe" groups to be ignored, dismissed, or at most, observed warily. White Lies investigates the white supremacist imagination, and argues instead that the ideology of these groups is much closer to core American values than most of us would like to believe. The book explores white supremacist ideology through an analysis of over 300 publications from a variety of white supremacist organizations. It examines the discourse of these publications and the ways in which "whites," "blacks," and "Jews" are constructed within that discourse.

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It's not a good book, it's very dry and academic, but I kind of signed up for that when I started it. It's not bad, some views are outdated, but overall it's decent. The title of the book are misleading because it appears to lend itself in support of White Supremacist ideals, when it does not. One must also keep in mind what date this was written and how many things have come to light in media and the news since then. But for its time, it's not a bad look at what's going on, and even to an extent gives a lens into the basis of what White Supremacy through line (and lie) that we still see today.
She also pretty effectively shows that many of these ideas are intwined itself in American culture (particularly with the Republicans) even that far back.
I would argue that her "Nice White Ladies" book is much more relevant and better written, but for a first book. It's not bad and gets the point across although very confusing at times that I had to go back and verify that it was not supporting the ideas but rather deconstructing them for analysis.

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Black Men and Black Women
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Jessie Daniels is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hofstra University

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