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Lifting the white veil : an exploration of white American culture in a multiracial context
Hitchcock, Jeff.
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Roselle, N.J. : Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books, [2002]

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x, 251 pages ; 24 cm
White people - what do we want? -- What will it take to create a multiracial society? -- Remedial education for white folk -- Colorblindness, personified -- How did it all begin? -- Looking at white American culture -- Inside the white experience -- The academy awakens -- Grass roots - old, deep, and spreading -- Moving toward a multiracial future.
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E184.A1 H58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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What does it mean to be white in America, and why is it important to know? Drawing on both scholarly and personal sources, the author discusses the history, characteristics, and psychology of white American culture. He explains how white Americans exist in a multicultural context, and offers suggestions how they can work for a society based on multiracial justice and equality. Written in a clear, simple, engaging and informative style for the educated reader.

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The author of this superbly written and provocative book on race relations is a white psychologist who has spent most of his life in a multiracial environment in US society. Hitchcock shares many of his experiences with readers and offers recommendations to be considered if the ultimate US goal is to create a multiracial society. First, whites must recognize and accept that the US is racially structured; it is not a "colorblind" society. Second, the white US, especially white males, is primarily responsible for this racially structured society. Third, white Americans, especially white males, must be part of the move toward a multiracial society. Fourth, Americans must recognize that there is now and has always been a "white culture" in the US, and part of that historical culture has been the dehumanization of people of color (e.g., refrain from saying "my parents did not own slaves"). Finally, white Americans must develop an awareness of what it means to be white privileged or to be white in a racially structured society. Hitchcock strongly suggests that white studies departments in colleges are needed to help white Americans understand their historical role in creating this racially structured society. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels and collections. E. A. McKinney Cleveland State University