White Privilege
Fifth Edition   ©2015

White Privilege

Paula S. Rothenberg (Senior Fellow, The Murphy Institute, CUNY)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4292-4220-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-4220-2; Format: Paper Text, 240 pages

The fifth edition includes new Question for Thinking, Writing, and Discussion in every part, an expansion of the bell hooks’ piece, Representations of Whiteness in Black Imagination, an updated version Paula Kivel’s piece from Uprooting Racism and 8 new articles!

New Articles

The Invisibility of Whiteness:
Derald Wing Sue uses three everyday scenarios to examine how whiteness operates at different levels of our society: a norm that structures relationships between individuals, cultural messages that we receive through media and other sources, and through institutional policies and practices.

Dead Black Man Walking, Just Walking: William David Hart looks back through history at the chronic violence which black people have been subjected and how it resonates in racial dynamics today. Hart eloquently explores concepts of social death, civic death, virtual probation, color blind racism, and the criminogenic gaze, to examine how the teenage Trayvon Martin could be killed just for walking on a rainy day.

The Chinese Exclusion Example: Race Immigration and American Gate Keeping: Erika Lee offers a historical grounding in policies and practices that institutionalize race-based exclusions of immigrants.

Neither Black Nor White: Angelo N. Ancheta offers a contemporary look at the racial positioning of groups who occupy the complex space of not being white but maintain some racial privilege by virtue of not being black.

Are Iranians People of Color? Persian, Muslim, and Model Minority Race Politics: Alex Shams uses his own identity as a light-skinned biracial Iranian-American as a starting point to explore the term "people of color". He discusses the racial position of simultaneously passing as white and being targeted by racial profiling.

My Class Didn’t Trump My Race: Robin DiAngelo discusses her upbringing as a poor person to demonstrate how her white privilege was sustained even in the absence of class privilege.

I Taught My Black Kids: Lawrence Otis Graham shares how his experience of class privilege, and the economic resources he has been able to afford, has not protected him or his sons from anti-black racism or racial profiling.

Where Do We Go After Ferguson? Michael Eric Dyson asks us to examine the death of Michael Brown and ensuing social protest in Ferguson and beyond within the context of Obama’s presidency. Dyson looks at how the myth of racial progress and respectability politics circulate during times of visible racial conflict.