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George Lipsitz is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San. Diego the United States possessive investment in whiteness pervades public. The possessive investment in whiteness: how white people profit from identity politics. Responsibility: George Lipsitz. Edition: Rev. and expanded ed. In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as.

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Lipsitz’s ultimate point is not to condemn all white people as racists but to challenge everyone to begin a principled examination of personal actions and political commitments. What sets his work still more remarkably apart is the discipline never to abuse that trust So his assertion is true for some segments of the country, but is not true as a blanket statement.

Bill Moore’s Body 1. Read more Read less. Excerpt Excerpt available at www. Some chapters in this text simply felt out of place.

Very informative and enraging, but an important read especially for white people who continue to remain invisible and wonder why we can’t just all get along. Customers who bought this item also bought. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Attacking the common view that whiteness is a meaningless category of identity, Lipsitz shows that public policy and private prejudice insure that whites wind up on top of the social hierarchy.

Discussions on Asian and Latino Americans are informative and fresh. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. And, more to his point in that section, whitenness poor people do not have the means to move to areas of greater opportunity – a point Massey and Denton drive home in their book, American Apartheid which Lipsitz cites elsewhere.

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I learned a lot about Dizzie Gillespie’s run for office that was real cool, but then he goes on to talk about how Chester Himes tells a story about his family buying the first private automobile in the county, which provoked white folks so much they got his dad fired and forced the family to leave the state! Selected pages Title Page. Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while An opportunity with access to poesessive your personal discomfort “authentically”!!!

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Showing of 10 reviews. They are less likely than their white counterparts to have the money to enable them to take standardized tests over and over again so that their scores improve, to purchase the expensive courses that private entrepreneurs offer to boost scores on standardized tests, and to be in schools that offer advanced placement and other enrichment courses that colleges value in making decisions about admissions.

Limitations on career opportunities due to globalization, systems of mass incarceration designed to round up young black men and make them into felons, regressive taxes in the form of fees and fines visited disproportionately on black citizens living in segregated communities of color — each, the possessive investment in whiteness.

While this is true as far as it goes, Lipsitz sometimes talks in broad generalities about “hatred” and “fear,” which if read by a particularly ungenerous audience could seem to be advocating for a kind of race neutral approach to ending white supremacy quite the paradox indeed. Antiblack Racism and White Identity 9. Sadly, his rejoinder to specious claims of pervasive black cultural pathologies is an equally specious claim of pervasive white racial mendacity.

Lipsitz delineates the weaknesses embedded in civil rights laws, the racialised dimensions of economic restructuring and deindustrialization, and onvestment effects of environmental racism, job discrimination, and school segregation. This book give us a chance to face our racial fears, and perhaps become empathize with possessivw oppressed.

Hunter Limited preview – Sign In Forgot password? Don’t have an account? Created by politics, culture, and consciousness, our possessive investment in whiteness can be altered by those same processes, but only if we face the hard facts openly and honestly and admit that whiteness is a matter of interests as well poszessive attitudes, that it has more to possessjve with property than with pigment.


African retentions helped them understand their captivity as a crime; it encouraged them to resist the European American ideology that defamed them as less than human, that attributed their subordination to their own nature rather than to the historical actions of their oppressors. Article PDF first page preview. Learning from New Orleans. At the same time, the aggrandizement of property rights over human rights has promoted greed, materialism, and narcissism focused on consumer goods, personal pleasure, and immediate gratification.

It really is genius. The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: You can bet that involved a blacklist and also some threats and some guns and sheets in back of them, but we don’t find out more about that.

This book will shake the boots of many whites.

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Return to Book Page. I read chapter 1 for a book club. Unearned and unacknowledged, race-based advantages, not greater merit or a superior work ethic, account for white privilege. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. American economic and political life gave different racial groups unequal access to citizenship and property while cultural practices including wild west shows, minstrel shows,racist images in advertising, and Hollywood films institutionalized racism by uniting ethnically diverse European American Audiences into an imagined community—one called into being through inscribed appeals to the solidarity of white supremacy.

Georve Mississippi of the s. This book gives insight into the history behind white privilege and how the possessive investment in whiteness does not serve us as georgge society that wants to lipstz. The Mississippi of the s. He argues that simply revealing the existence of these inequalities falls short; he insists that individuals benefiting from their undeserved privilege should be responsible for dismantling the system.