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The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics Paperback – 10 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.; Revised and Expanded Edition edition (10 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592134947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592134946
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,340,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If we could only take one book with us into the 21st century, this is the one I would choose. With lucidity and passion, George Lipsitz reveals that so-called 'color-blind' public policy actually contributes to the maintenance of racism; that white privilege and the demonizing of colored people are two sides of the same coin; and that whiteness is both a huge subsidy as well as a noose around the necks of working-class white folk. His insights into how the color line works in the realm of public policy, politics, and culture, and what we must do to destroy it, can save our lives." -Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America

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Excellentlly written, informative on how white privilege is structured into the most important interests in society eg, health, housing, education, employment, policing and also how the biased media negatively portrays disadvantaged racial groups. A must read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c4911f8) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4aad74) out of 5 stars Great read 17 May 2014
By WJLJ / Fahim Jaga Kufu - Published on Amazon.com
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It's too bad America will read books like this quietly
but the politicians, school systems, law and society
in general will not do what they know they must,
a redistribution of the wealth, an official apology
to the UN, reparations for African Americans and
a graduating income tax system.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c950b70) out of 5 stars but all poor people down 17 May 2016
By Janet C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The problem with an analysis of "whiteness" is that it essentializes a problem and ignores all of the factors that don't fit into that category. Throughout much of this book, one could substitute "wealthy" for "white" and be more accurate -- it was the already wealthy who grew even richer on slavery, and it is the wealthy who manipulate the political system that keeps not only people of color, but all poor people down. The role of class has been displaced in identity politics by the focus on race, gender, sexuality. Even worse, members of the white working class have become the scapegoats for the ongoing and gender discrimination in America. But it is class that underlies the oppression of all non-hegemonic communities. A white person and black person from the working class probably have more common interest in changing the system than a wealthy white person or black person. Identity politics has divided the masses and created identity ghettoes into which we all retreat. The walls must come down, but they won't as long as a focus on "whiteness" continue to deter class solidarity.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09c9120) out of 5 stars amazing read 23 Feb. 2012
By hollypenyo - Published on Amazon.com
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one of the best books i've read about this topic. it's also very easy to read and backed up by lots of facts and evidence. highly recommended.
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HASH(0xa09c92b8) out of 5 stars Be Prepared to be mentally challenged!!! 30 Mar. 2016
By Georgette Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading this book, it has helped me to learn how the US has an invested interest in whiteness. This book will really open your opens and will really cause you to think about the laws and the societal issues that are present in America. When reading this book, please be prepared to be open minded because it will challenge you to think beyond your status quo but it will help to enlighten your intellectual knowledge about certain laws and policies. It will also challenge you to think The Possessive Investment in Whiteness would be an excellent book for anyone who is willing to learn the history behind certain laws and the history behind their ethnicity.
HASH(0xa09c91b0) out of 5 stars Not impressive, convincing or coherent 21 Jun. 2016
By doug korty - Published on Amazon.com
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The only reviewer so far who has reviewed more than a few books is the 1 star reviewer, Janet C. All of the positive reviews are by people who have almost no other reviews. This is generally a bad sign. I found the book rambling and not particularly impressive, convincing or coherent. Do white people profit from identity politics? Of course. Do we need a book to prove that? Why? I do not recommend this book. Good books and other information on race here: mwir race blogspot com. I create educational websites, Midwest Independent Research
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