Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism


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State University of New York Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Shannon Sullivan is Head of the Philosophy Department and Professor of Philosophy, Women's Studies, and African American Studies at Penn State University. She is the author and editor of many books, including Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance (coedited with Nancy Tuana), also published by SUNY Press.


"...timely ... [Sullivan] breathes fresh life into long-standing conversations on color blindness, white guilt and shame, and social class in ways that are engaging and extremely accessible ... a welcome addition to the literature." -- philoSOPHIA

"Good White People is undoubtedly a major contribution to critical race and feminist theory ... Sullivan directly challenges the feelings of paralysis that many white people feel when we think about our complicity in racism, showing us ways forward that call for our agency. It is well worth reading." -- Hypatia

"With its highly sophisticated method and edgy straight talk, this provocative little book is required reading for anyone who aspires to destabilize racist systems of undeserved power and privilege ... Essential." -- CHOICE

"...[Sullivan's] work is so far-reaching and thought-provoking that it is hard to imagine any reader finishing Good White People without having reexamined stale emotions and come to new realizations." -- Bookslut

"...Sullivan posits that it is white liberals' own 'anti-racism' that actually perpetuates racism by shutting down frank or nuanced discussions not only of race, but of white privilege, which created racial problems and still sustains them ... In advising white liberals how to honestly live their whiteness, rather than disown it or pretend it doesn't exist, Sullivan expertly deconstructs the familiar defenses ... Like W.E.B. DuBois and James Baldwin before her, Sullivan sees white domination as a spiritual problem that afflicts one group in particular but that touches us all." -- Ms. Magazine