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Searching for Whitopia by Rich Benjamin
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Mar 31, 2012

really liked it

Thank goodness the author had the patience anfd compassion to go on this anthropological expedition into whitopia. How else would those who live in less manufactured, more reality-based environments be able to understand this growing area of the population? I just read Benjamin's op-ed in NYT about the fearful, bunker mentality in gated-communities and how it leads to tragedies like the Trayvon Martin shooting. My response to reading the book was to feel sad for people who voluntarily chose to live in a sterile, dull environment and who closed themselves off from empathy & interaction with the rest of the glorious human experience. Now, I see the consequences of whitopia thinking go beyond the attenuated existence of the residents - their fear has become an existential threat to non-residents.
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