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Searching for Whitopia by Rich Benjamin
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it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2020

This book was published in 2009 and I don’t think it’s aged very well. The tone is of breezy curiosity about majority white rural towns and cities, with a non-urgent exploration of anti-immigrant and white supremacist sentiments - both overt and implicit - of the residents. Some of the class and race analysis is interesting, but reading from a 2020 vantage point made it hard to enjoy. It also has the baked in ideas of de facto segregation that actually don’t bear out in history (its de jure - read the stunning The Color of Law). The underlying assumption of the book is that whites will be a minority in the US by the mid-20th century, and that some folks are grumpy about it but there’s a progression toward a more liberal and diverse future - that feels much less assured now.
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Reading Progress

October 12, 2017 – Shelved
October 12, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
January 9, 2020 – Started Reading
January 10, 2020 – Shelved as: read-in-2020
January 10, 2020 – Finished Reading

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