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Introduction

Michael O. Emerson and George Yancey

in Transcending Racial Barriers

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199742684
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742684.003.0009
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This book is about the fact that most of the proposed solutions to racial issues in the United States do not work. More importantly, it is about proposing an alternative way to think about addressing such issues, what it calls the mutual-obligations approach. Its one main goal is to work toward a solution to racial division, racial inequality, racial alienation, and the racialized society. To be white in America does come with privileges. Scholars who study what it means to be white describe that privilege in three dimensions: white structural advantage, white normativity, and white transparency. These three dimensions of whiteness work together to sustain white hegemony; that is, whites' position at the top. On the other hand, scholarship shows, repeatedly, that the negative effects of the racialized nature of the United States are experienced most forcefully by African Americans.

Keywords: United States; African Americans; whites; mutual-obligations approach; racial division; racial inequality; racial alienation; white structural advantage; white normativity; white transparency

Chapter.  5500 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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