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

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Demonstrates that silent racism - racism by people who classify themselves as 'not racist' - is instrumental in the production of institutional racism. This work argues that heightened race awareness is more important in changing racial inequality than judging whether individuals are racist.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Paradigm Publishers (first published April 28th 2006)
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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
Robin Diangelo
Nov 11, 2009 Robin Diangelo rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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."
I read this book a long time ago. Good exposure to how others view this issue. I was surprised to find out that it is considered a textbook at some universities. If the scenarios in it are true then we have a long way to go. I have not seen a lot of the examples in real life though, but I'm sure they exist in certain parts of the country. Most of the people I know are quite sensitive to these issues.

Nick Lalone
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.
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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