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Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Vivid and engaging, Silent Racism persuasively demonstrates that silent racism - racism by people who classify themselves as "not racist" - is instrumental in the production of institutional racism. Trepagnier argues that heightened race awareness is more important in changing racial inequality than judging whether individuals are racist. The collective voices and confessi ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Paradigm Publishers (first published April 28th 2006)
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Kelly
Feb 09, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: race-ethnicity
Trepagnier's book is a pretty easy, quick read. She writes with clarity and, while somewhat repetitive, progresses carefully and directly from one linked subject to the next. (She addresses racism, silent racism, white passivity, institutional racism, race awareness, and anti-racist practice.)

It's a worthy read, but having read much of her foundational theoretical texts, I didn't walk away with a ton of new insights. The benefit of her work is that she theorizes some of the ideas that other theo
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Robin Diangelo
Nov 11, 2009 Robin Diangelo rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fred
She provides a useful way to think about racism - replacing the "racist / not racist" binary with the continuum of "more and less racist." She also breaks down the concept of institutionalized racism and makes it clear, making a strong case for the relationship between white passivity and institutional racism. The racist / not racist binary engenders white passivity because if you "aren't racist" then your "done with this issue."
Drick
Apr 20, 2015 Drick rated it really liked it
This is one of the most important books I have read recently on white racism and the dynamics of that racism in the daily lives of White people. Based on a qualitative study of white women, all of whom considered themselves progressive and feminist, Barbara Trepagnier unlocks the various ways that racism impacts the lives of white people. She charts her subjects' responses on a spectrum from more to less racist, which I found wanting but the basic thesis is solid. - that all whites are racist an ...more
Nick Lalone
Mar 16, 2010 Nick Lalone rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible experience the first time you read it. It is also very challenging. To face the entirety of white privilege for the first time is not something anyone enjoys doing, but desperately needs to do. Dr. Trepagnier has been a mentor of mine for quite some time. Her vibrance and intelligence is quite staggering so perhaps I am a little biased.
Aliza
Nov 14, 2009 Aliza rated it liked it
A short, repetitious read. Illuminating how she zeros in on the reasons why whites and blacks look at racism differently and how that effects everything from friendships to institutional racism.
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