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Searching for Whitopia by Rich Benjamin
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Oct 19, 2009

really liked it
Read in October, 2009

I picked this up knowing that it would challenge me...and it did. Funny and entertaining, this though provoking work is something that anyone living in the suburbs or exurbs should read.

I didn't agree with everything here, but it opened my eyes to some new ways of looking at racism and poverty. The book focuses on systematic (unintentional) racism while showing that it's different than personal (intentional) racism. Benjamin shows that personal racism was bascally absent from rich whitopia, but that the very core of living is based off of (and often made possible by) this larger systematic racism (government policies, systems, etc).

A great read if you want to learn more about the world around us. A horrible one if you prefer to remain ignorant and biased.
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