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Ethnic Studies Review
Uprooting Racism, by Paul Kivel, is a deceptively simple book which covers a lot of ground. Kivel defines racism, places it in context, specifies its effect on certain groups, and shows how to fight it. He begins with, "This is a book about racism for white people" and goes on to explain what it means to be white in a society which institutionalizes oppression and social injustice based on a definition of "whiteness." Privilege, benefits, seeing whiteness as normative, and tactics which minimize, deny, or avoid responsibility for racism are all discussed succinctly and directly.
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