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Posted June 22, 2003
Eye Opening Book, a little too racist in itself at some points
I enjoyed this book. Being a liberal white male, who is a Sociology major with a concentration on racial and ethnic inequality, I felt that this book would be worth my time. It turns out that it was worth my time and bell hooks does a great job in offering a point of view on the issue of racism and sexism in our society, that published intellectuals fail to focus on. However, even though I feel there are very strong parts to her argument (esp. considering her argument on how white supremacy is still very alive in our society), I feel that she generalizes white ppl. to much. There are times in this book where she refers to all white people in negative manners. Personally, I know a lot of white ppl who are blatant racists, however there are those who truly what a change to come about concerning race relations (such as myself). Her negative sterotypes and generalizations turns off white readers and supporters, which in turn accuse her of racism. I understand her 'rage' at those racists apart of the white race. However, she attacks the generalizations made by whites with generalizations made by herself. Good book, however not great rhetoric.
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