Jeff James was one of the good white guysor so he thought. But when he asked an African American friend how he could help fight the rising tide of racism, he had to think again. "Simple," she shot back, "get rid of whiteness."
Thus began his journey to discover, name, and dismantle the racial category that had defined and advantaged him for a lifetime. In Giving Up Whiteness, James leads readers on an intimate, humble, and disorienting investigation of what it means to be white in twenty-first-century America. He shares his discoveries on just how deeply the forces of race have shaped his own and other white people's choices about where to live, what causes to care about, who to marry, and what church to join. With a blend of honest storytelling and incisive critique, James guides readers through the questions he encountered: How and why were race and, specifically, whiteness invented? What privileges and protections accrue to people categorized as whiteand why has it been so difficult to expand them to everyone? How has the white Christian church bolstered white supremacy? Is it even possible to give up whiteness as an identity, and if so, what would that look like?
The things we can't see yield the most power, so it's time to take a hard look at whiteness. Ultimately, James writes, well-meaning white people have a lot of work to do, and it's past time to get started.
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Table of Contents
Part I Just Another Toe on the Foot
Chapter 1 Crystal's Text Message 3
Chapter 2 Red Hill's Privileges 17
Chapter 3 The Measure of Whiteness 27
Chapter 4 Plato and Pecking Orders 45
Chapter 5 We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident-For Some of Us 63
Chapter 6 This Is My Brain on Race 83
Chapter 7 British Isles and Country Roads 99
Part II Getting the White Out
Chapter 8 Sharp Knife and Una Starbucks 119
Chapter 9 Ham's Curse and Hipster Church 135
Chapter 10 Bad Justice for Good Jobs 153
Chapter 11 Facebook and Affirmative Action Friendship 169
Chapter 12 Open Hearts and Oreo Cookies 183
Chapter 13 Deonta's Book Report 201
Part III Free at Last?
Chapter 14 Knowing Too Much 221
Chapter 15 One Day at a Time 235
Epilogue: That's What Started This Whole Thing 249
Recommended Resources 253