Heart of Whiteness Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege

ISBN-10: 0872864499
ISBN-13: 9780872864498
Edition: 2005
Authors: Robert Jensen
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Description: In "The Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. DuBois wrote that the question whites wanted to ask him was: "How does it feel to be a problem?" In "The Heart of Whiteness, Robert Jensen writes that it is time for white people in America to self-consciously  More...

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List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 124
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

In "The Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. DuBois wrote that the question whites wanted to ask him was: "How does it feel to be a problem?" In "The Heart of Whiteness, Robert Jensen writes that it is time for white people in America to self-consciously reverse the direction of that question and to fully acknowledge that in the racial arena, they are the problem. While some whites would like to think that we have reached "the end of racism" in the United States, and others would like to celebrate diversity but are oblivious to the political, economic, and social consequences of a nation-and their sense of self-founded on a system of white supremacy, Jensen proposes a different approach. He sets his sights not only on the racism that can't be hidden, but also on the liberal platitudes that sometimes conceal the depths of that racism in "polite society." "The Heart of Whiteness offers an honest and rigorous exploration of what Jensen refers to as the depraved nature of whiteness in the United States. Mixing personal experience with data and theory, he faces down the difficult realities of -racism and white privilege. He argues that any system that denies non-whites their full humanity also keeps whites from fully accessing their own. This book is both a cautionary tale for those who believe that they have transcended racism, and also an expression of the hope for genuine transcendence. When white people fully understand and accept the painful reality that they are indeed "the problem," it should lead toward serious attempts to change one's own life and join with others to change society. Robert Jensen is the author of "Citizens of the Empire. He is a professor of media ethics andjournalism at The University of Texas at Austin.

Introduction : just a joke
Race words and race stories
Facing the truth : past, present, and future
The emotions of white supremacy : fear, guilt, and anger
Playing the fool
Against diversity, for politics
Conclusion : white people's burden

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