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White Privilege Unmasked: How to Be Part of the Solution

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All white people understand cultural differences from a platform of relative privilege, affecting their personal and professional interactions. How should they respond when confronted with this knowledge? This book looks at the concept of 'whiteness', and shows how individuals can 'unmask' their own whiteness and take meaningful steps to break down systematic and structura ...more
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Published February 21st 2019 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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It takes about 20% to warm up. I take it people who pick up this book are already in the know and I understand why she gives so much background, but it got a bit repetitive. She did the whole what I'm going to tell you, told you it and then told you what she told you and it was a bit much. Especially as she kept writing when she was going to tell you as well (i.e. in Chapter x, I'll discuss/etc.).

Once it got past the whole background, there were some profound observations. (The very fact of ther
Brandon Cook
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
NOTE: I do not think that Ryde's book is tailored to readers like me but I will do my best here to be objective about how I treat her book.

Sociologist Judy Ryde tackles lots of subjects in her new book including a history of racism, 'white privilege,' slavery, possible reparations, modern inequality, and a self-help guide for whites to uncover their unconscious racism and conscious benefits of their white privilege which will enable them to become educated about and more ready to come to terms w
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. It’s compelling, concise, articulate, challenging, hard-hitting, overwhelming, frightening, conflicting, informative, honest and heartfelt.

I say all this of course, from my own perspective as a white person; and throughout I have continually wondered what my non-white peers take on the book would be.

Judy Ryde, in her revolutionary new book, examines in depth the inherent position of privilege from which all white people live in the world. Writing honestly and op
Michaela Von
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing Judy Ryde’s book White Privilege Unmasked – How to be Part of the Solution, 2019, Jessica Kindersley Publishers, London
Judy Ryde’s book is that rare combination of academic breadth and experiential persuasion to engage us with the issues of white privilege she is exploring. She invites us and supports us in having the courage to acknowledge the unavoidable historical burden – racist residues in contemporary people who have inherited a history of exploitation of black people. She is spe
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
How do you take a topic as nuanced and fascinating as racism and white privilege, a topic so necessary to be discussed in the current era, and make it the most dull and unreadable book ever? This is so dry I barely made it 10% in. I feel like I'm literally reading a doctoral thesis. Am I reading a doctoral thesis? I don't care enough to investigate, but what kind of book has in-text citations? Use footnotes or a citation page! The only way this could be more unreadable is if the audiobook was na ...more
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I wanted to and looked forward to reading this book due to its content, the current state of the nation, and the election of Donald Trump as President, which has ushered in a new level of hatred and overt racism. I was hoping to learn some new ways of engaging about my white privilege and how I can have open and honest dialogue about the rapid backward shift that is occurring in the U.S. since 2016.

The author did quite a bit of research and referred to several academic articles in the telling of
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