Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America

Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America

by Rich Benjamin

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As America becomes more and more racially diverse, Rich Benjamin noticed a phenomenon: Some communities were actually getting less multicultural. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA--and moved in.

A journalist-adventurer, Benjamin packed his bags and embarked on a 26,909-mile journey throughout the heart of white America, to some of the fastest-growing and whitest locales in our nation. Benjamin calls these enclaves "Whitopias." In this groundbreaking book, he shares what he learned as a black man in Whitopia. Benjamin's journey to unlock the mysteries of Whitopia took him from a three-day white separatist retreat with links to Aryan Nations in North Idaho to exurban mega-churches down South, and many points in between. A compelling raconteur, bon vivant, and scholar, Benjamin reveals what Whitopias are like and explores the urgent social and political implications of this startling phenomenon.

Benjamin's groundbreaking study is one of few to have illuminated in advance the social and political forces propelling the rise of Donald Trump. After all, Trump carried 94 percent of America's Whitopian counties. And he won a median 67 percent of the vote in Whitopia compared to 46 percent of the vote nationwide.

Leaving behind speculation or sensationalism, Benjamin explores the future of whiteness and race in an increasingly multicultural nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401394837
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 341,447
File size: 643 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rich Benjamin's first book, Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, was selected as an Editor's Choice by Booklist and The American Library Association. The book's reprint (Hachette Books) is also the subject of a 2015 TED Talk, which has garnered more than 2 million views across media platforms and is translated into 25 languages. Rich's work has been covered internationally in France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, and Germany. His social and cultural criticism appear regularly in public debate, including in The Guardian, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, and on NPR, PBS, CNN, and C-SPAN.

Rich was recently a Fellow in the Literary Arts at Bellagio, Italia, Rockefeller Foundation. And he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Authors Guild.

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