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Title:
Learning to be white : money, race, and God in America
Author:
Thandeka, 1946-
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Publication Information:
New York : Continuum, 1999.
Physical Description:
x, 169 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780826410542
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Book

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The central contention of this book is that "a Euro-American's white racial identity [is] an impaired sense of a core self, an inability to relate to others with self-integrity." Rather than realizing this core self, Euramericans are abused whenever they deviate from the white race ideal, producing "white shame." Why all people are not similarly impaired by the conflict between their core selves and an imposed racial ideal is not explained; in this account, only white identity seems to be a shameful deformity. Thandeka, a Unitarian seminary professor who says her name was given to her by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, offers an extended essay on white shame. She is less successful in delivering on the promise of her subtitle, as her rooting of racism in class is cursory and her consideration of God is limited to a Unitarian critique of Calvinist conceptions of human nature. More scholarly, though controversial, treatments of this issue can be found in David Roediger's The Wages of Whiteness (CH, Mar'92) or Theodore Allen's The Invention of the White Race (v. 1, CH, Sep'94; v. 2, Feb'98). General readers. B. Weston; Centre College