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Race Traitor brings together voices ranging from tenured university professors to skinheads and prison inmates to discuss the "white question" in America.

Working from the premise that the white race has been socially constructed, Race Traitor is a call for the disruption of white conformity and the formation of a New Abolitionism to dissolve it.

In a time when white
Paperback, 294 pages
Published May 2nd 1996 by Routledge (first published 1996)
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Jun 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap
Possibly the dumbest and most infuriating book I've ever read. Encapsulates everything that is wrong with identity politics for easy digestion.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
i like it. i know a lot of it i'm not suppose to like. i don't think a lot of the theory actually pans out to something very applicable to reality, but i wish these guys weren't the only ones picking apart these ideas. it's a start. and it's refreshing compared to most other things i read when it comes to white people's "role" in anti racist organizing or action.
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a collection of articles from a publication in the early 1990s; the editors were radical socialists who were convinced that reform of society was not only impossible but counterproductive, that revolution (inevitably accompanied by violence) was the only solution. The point that they emphasize in this collection is that of racism as an oppressive construction of oppressive society, and the necessity for "white" revolutionaries to refuse whiteness. Some stories of refusing whiteness in ...more
Jan 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Rather than read this entire book, I would recommend reading just the first five essays "Police Assisted Homicide," and "Civil War Reenactments." The rest of the essays are not written well enough to really merit attention. They read too much like a drunk 15 year old Keroac who is trying to prove just how much he gets it, man. If you are particularly interested in white appropriation of black music then the "Crossover Dreams" essays might be worth the slog.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: isms
Most of the essays here are poorly written, in most of the ways you'd expect a tiny leftist rag to be poorly written. Some are baffling (the 1992 Los Angeles riots were about environmentalism??) or problematic (lots of white authors demand cookies).

But, it's got one anecdote from the Jim Crow era that made me realize exactly what some fair-skinned anti-racists are trying to do when they say "I'm not white". For that alone, I'm glad I read it.
Feb 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
i dont have time to review this right now ...more
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: race-racism
This could have been great if it weren't for a predominance of terrible contributions. There were a few places that were interesting to me (I like the term "crossover fantasy"), but there were way too many articles by white dudes trying to prove that they weren't like other white people. All ego and no substance. Yeesh. DNF.
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Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is a very poorly written book that seems as if it wasn't even proofread before it was published; the kind of sloppiness that one doesn't expect from any author.

The rest of it (content) is sloppy and disappointing too. There is just nothing to learn from it. It's incoherent and a confusing, boring read.

One gets the impression that the writer was desperately looking for attention and a way to make name for himself. He chose to write something that he thought would get him that attention: a
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anyone concerned with the struggle against white skin privilege and white supremacy should read this excellent anthology. In my opinion, ost of the other reviewers here have no clue about what it's all about.
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Noel Ignatiev was an American history professor who earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1995. As part of a group of social scientists and geneticists that views race distinctions and race itself as a social construct, he is best known for his call to abolish the "white race" (meaning "white privilege and race identity") while being the co-founder of the New Abolitionist Society and co-editor of the ...more

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“Whiteness is not a culture. There is Irish culture and Italian culture and American culture - the latter, as Albert Murray pointed out, a mixture of the Yankee, the Indian, and the Negro (with a pinch of ethnic salt); there is youth culture and drug culture and queer culture; but there is no such thing as white culture. Whiteness has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with social position. It is nothing but a reflection of privilege, and exists for no reason other than to defend it. Without the privileges attached to it, the white race would not exist, and the white skin would have no more social significance than big feet.” 12 likes
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