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The Cost of Privilege: Taking On the System of White Supremacy and Racism

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The Cost of Privilege takes readers from the creation of the white race over three centuries ago to the present-day myth of a colorblind society; from the intersections of class, gender, and race to the concrete benefits and harsh underside of the privileges white people experience every day; from the victories when people allied across the color line to the failures of so ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Camino Press
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Steev Hise
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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i have an early proof copy of this, and the subtitle is slightly different: "Overcoming White Supremacy and Racism".

This is a great book. Every white person should be required to read this, but then again, if we lived in a world where that was required then maybe they wouldn't need to read it. ha.

Anyway, I think anyone who wants to learn about the history of racism and "whiteness" and also get ideas for how to advance their own personal and social struggle against white supremacy would benefit
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Geoff
This seems to be a book expressing Freedom Road Socialist Organization's political line on questions relating to race in the United States (though I could be wrong). This book manages to combine history, political analysis, and ideas for action fairly successfully. The politics are fairly orthodox Leninist. Berlet argues in defense of the idea that most people of color in the US are oppressed nations with a right to self-determination. The Cost of Privilege manages to both uphold much of the com ...more
Lauren
Jun 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
If you want to really educate yourself about race and white privilege, if you want to commit to dismantling white supremacy and systemic racial injustice, then read this book!! It will provide you with a comprehensive history of the rise of "whiteness" in America, and acquaint you with the histories of the opressed nations who have been resisting for centuries. It's a powerful organizing tool. It should be required reading for every white person. ...more
Auntie M
A lot has happened since this book was written (President Obama, the 99%ers), so in some ways it is horribly out of date.
On the other hand, the more things change, the more they stay the same. White privilege hasn't really changed, but there have been some seismic shifts that will hopefully cause the system of privilege to fall in the future. May be even in my lifetime?
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Kobie
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very academic but good book. Learned a lot. Some parts were hard to make it through, only reason not 5 star.
David02139
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good overview and suggestions for combating white privilege. Purchased at progressive bookstore in
DC.
James Tracy
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Finally! A book that looks at White Privilege without all the white guilt shit. A useful tool for both political and personal growth.
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