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Unformatted text preview: In Tim Wise’s “Preface: to the First Edition” from his book, White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, he talks about the racial injustices that are occurring in the United States even today. He begins by describing what exactly was meant by “White America” and the “white race”. He says that race is not a scientific, biological gene, but rather a social construct created, adapted, and still used today. The white race consists of people who are typically born of European descent and into a world that was systematically created for them to succeed in and benefit from. He shows how “white America” still ignores the issues of race, even when it is right in their faces, like during Hurricane Katrina. Wise is saying that these “hidden systems”, or ways that African Americans are still discriminated against, are due to the fact that white Americans are pretending they don’t exist. The fact that racism still occurs is because no one of the privileged class is willing to stand up and fight against it by pointing out the obvious racial injustices. He does not point the blame at certain individuals, but rather shows that the large majority of “White America” is responsible for this still occurring today. Wise makes a big point of showing the difference between race and ethnicity. Race is something that is not scientific at all. Race has been developed by social and cultural interactions. Ethnicity is related to the background and cultural descent of a person. He uses Jews an example. Jews are ethically from the Middle East (Israel), but no matter what their ethnic background, because their skin looks light, they benefit from white privilege. He also points out that some African Americans reap the benefits of white privilege because they have lighter skin, despite their ethnic group. Wise argues that the only way for change to occur is for white America to finally open their eyes to the problems and start being proactive about them. These experts definitely made me more aware of white privilege and what I can do to be more aware of it in the future. ...
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2011 for the course ANTH 1102 taught by Professor Gonzalez during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.
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