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Good White People : The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism
by Shannon Sullivan


Overview - Winner of the 2016 Outstanding Book Award presented by the Society of Professors of Education

Building on her book Revealing Whiteness , Shannon Sullivan identifies a constellation of attitudes common among well-meaning white liberals that she sums up as "white middle-class goodness," an orientation she critiques for being more concerned with establishing anti-racist bona fides than with confronting systematic racism and privilege.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Winner of the 2016 Outstanding Book Award presented by the Society of Professors of Education

Building on her book Revealing Whiteness, Shannon Sullivan identifies a constellation of attitudes common among well-meaning white liberals that she sums up as "white middle-class goodness," an orientation she critiques for being more concerned with establishing anti-racist bona fides than with confronting systematic racism and privilege. Sullivan untangles the complex relationships between class and race in contemporary white identity and outlines four ways this orientation is expressed, each serving to establish one's lack of racism: the denigration of lower-class white people as responsible for ongoing white racism, the demonization of antebellum slaveholders, an emphasis on colorblindness--especially in the context of white childrearing--and the cultivation of attitudes of white guilt, shame, and betrayal. To move beyond these distancing strategies, Sullivan argues, white people need a new ethos that acknowledges and transforms their whiteness in the pursuit of racial justice rather than seeking a self-righteous distance from it.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781438451688
  • ISBN-10: 1438451687
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 214
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds

Series: SUNY Series

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