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Learning to be White Money, Race and God in America by Thandeka

Learning to be White Money, Race and God in America


Learning to be White Money, Race and God in America by Thandeka

Thandeka explores the politics of white experience in America. Tracing the links between religion, class and race, she reveals the child abuse, ethnic conflicts, class exploitation, poor self-esteem and a general feeling of self-contempt that are the wages for whiteness.


. ..a thought-provoking book about how White people learn to become racists....The author presents an intriguing study of the formation of White idenitity, defined not by power but by shame. Ebony, January 2001 When it comes to race issues, Thandeka will make the phones light up. - Dave Josephs, Afternoon Drive Producer, WPRO-AM, Providence, RI A powerful study of the creation of 'whiteness
out of the world of shame

... This is a strong book, a book which all readers - whether they understand themselves to be 'white
or not

- should read. - Sander L. Gilman, Henry R. Luce Distinguished Servi Thandeka adds a fresh voice to the conversation on race .The text is clearly and concisely written but packed with intellectual depth. The book should serve as an important resource to the whiteness studies movement and also provide insight to others who seek a framework for discussing racial identity. If, as W.E.B Dubois said, the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line, then Thandeka s book offers a twenty-first-century approach for all communities of color. -Religious Studies Review, July 2000 No other study so fully demonstrates the origins of white identity in misery and defeat, as well as in power and privilege. Whiteness, Thandeka shows, is a shame which divides and afflicts whites as well as the nation. - David Roediger, author of The Wages of Whiteness A challenging, thought-provoking book, full of original ideas. - Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule No reader of Thandeka's book will ever be able to think about race in quite the same way again. - John B. Cobb, Jr., The Claremont Graduate School

About the Author

Thandeka, a Unitarian Universalist minister and theologian, teaches at Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer, journaist and talk show host.

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Publication date

1st November 2000



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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


184 pages


Physical anthropology
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