White Racism: The Basics

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Calling white racism ``the most consequential [problem] for the nation's future,'' two University of Florida sociologists offer several recent case studies: cross burnings in Dubuque, Iowa; discrimination against black patrons at the Denny's restaurant chain; the readiness of the Boston police and the media to believe Charles Stuart when he accused a black man of committing the murder he himself committed-a case consistently mentioned in discussions Sue Smith, who said a black man kidnapped her two children before she confessed to killing them. Much of this has already been picked over by the media but the authors suggest that these events could have turned out differently save for certain individual and societal perceptions and reactions. For example, the authors uncover knee-jerk reactions in media treatment of 1988 presidential campaign scarecrow Willie Horton and rapper Sister Souljah. The book's opening description of the Los Angeles riots as an ``urban rebellion'' telegraphs a strong PC bias, in which the authors avoid nuanced discussion of race (try Stephen Carter or Cornel West), dismiss white (not to mention black) fears of black crime and offer such dubious proposals as reparations for slavery and a new constitutional convention that would entrench identity politics. Still, the authors are correct to say that blacks have more contact with whites than vice versa, and that whites must develop cross-racial empathy; those who have ``some personal experience with exploitation, discrimination, or oppression'' are, they say, more likely to empathize. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415909198
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgment
1 White Racism: A Sociology of Human Waste 1
2 Case Studies in White Racism: Dubuque, Iowa, and Olivet College 19
3 A Tale of Two Restaurant Chains: Racial Discrimination Lawsuits 45
4 Racism and Murder: The Cases of Boston and Portland 61
5 The Police Beating of Rodney King: and Its Aftermath 83
6 Racism and the White Power Structure: The "Willie" Horton and Sister Souljah Cases 109
7 The Souls of White Folk 135
8 Eliminating the Waste of Racism 163
Notes 195
Index 227
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