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Your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics.
How could the same nation that twice voted for an erudite black president then elect an overt racist who can rarely string together coherent sentences? What explains the fact that Democrats who ignored mass deportations under Obama suddenly care now that a Republican is in charge? Why do people still believe that interracial love (or sex) can end racism when thousands of years of intergender love and sex have quite obviously failed to end patriarchy? And why do so many journalists think their job is to report “both sides” of white supremacy?
Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and the latest scholarship on systemic racism, sociologist Crystal M. Fleming explains how systemic racism socializes all of us to absorb racially stupid ideas, and she shares concrete steps for detecting and dismantling racial oppression. At turns humorous, informative, and biting, How to Be Less Stupid About Race is the class your high school and college never offered, the book you wish your racist grandpa or clueless boss would read. It’s a truth bomb and an unforgettable call to action for anyone who wants to challenge white supremacy.
A Note From the Publisher
“Fleming offers a crash course in what will be a radically new perspective for most and a provocative challenge that should inspire those who disagree with her to at least consider their basic preconceptions . . . . A deft, angry analysis for angry times.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This book will leave you thinking, offended, and transformed.” —Nina Turner, former Ohio state senator
“With its deft mix of satire, memoir, and empirical evidence, Fleming’s book is a groundbreaking model of public scholarship and sure to be an instant classic.”—Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of Racism Without Racists
“The perfect combination of Racism 101, critical race theory, and powerful analysis, woven with Dr. Crystal Fleming’s personal journey from racial naiveté to one of the most incisive critics of white supremacy.”—Tanya Golash-Boza, author of Race and Racisms
“A bold, carefully researched, and intimate take on the race conversation that points the finger at all of us: yes, even those of us who know what intersectional means. . . . Essential reading.”—Angela Nissel, author of The Broke Diaries and Mixed
“An explosive book revealing the roots and nature of racism in our psyche, our interactions with each other, our institutions, our politics, our media, our gender relations, and even our love lives.”—Aldon Morris, author of The Scholar Denied
“Fleming upbraids us all (herself included) for our ignorance about race, but her breathtaking (and wig-snatching) lessons assure that racial illiteracy has a cure. . . . Don’t be stupid about race. Buy this book.”—Vilna Bashi Treitler, author of The Ethnic Project
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