The Resource How to be less stupid about race : on racism, white supremacy and the racial divide, Crystal M. Fleming

How to be less stupid about race : on racism, white supremacy and the racial divide, Crystal M. Fleming

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How to be less stupid about race : on racism, white supremacy and the racial divide
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How to be less stupid about race
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on racism, white supremacy and the racial divide
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Crystal M. Fleming
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On racism, white supremacy and the racial divide
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eng
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"A primer that explores how our racist American society socializes us all to be racially stupid--and what we can do about it"--
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  • In this insightful and irreverent text, Fleming, a sociologist and self-described “black bi girl from Tennessee,” attempts to simplify critical race theory for the masses. Drawing on her scholarly expertise and her own past ignorance of structural inequality, Fleming seeks to “confront how racial stupidity functions to keep large majorities of the population ignorant about the social, political, historical, and economic realities of racial oppression” (or, as she puts it later, “wig-snatch the hell out of white supremacy”). She begins with the basics, combining descriptions of contemporary sociopolitical phenomena and personal testimony with quintessential texts from critical race scholars. From there, she delves into the systematic silencing of black women; her time as a gung-ho member of what she jokingly calls “the International Church of Obama” and her disillusionment at Obama’s calculated failure to meaningfully address race during his presidency; Trump and the wages of whiteness; racist depictions of black people in the media; and the complexities of interracial relationships. Fleming covers a lot of ground in a small amount of time, and her work is truly accessible; she breaks down complex concepts and constructs arguments effectively in jocular, witty prose. This analysis of today’s complex sociopolitical climate would be a great starting point for anyone looking to question preconceived mainstream notions about race. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Sept.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/27/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 35, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A scholar navigates between the academic and the vernacular in delivering some hard lessons on racism and white supremacy. Fleming (Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France, 2017) promises to make her readers uncomfortable, particularly her white ones, and she succeeds. Yet the "stupid" in the title isn't simply an insult. People are stupid about race, as she herself was, because they haven't been properly educated. They know nothing of the interdisciplinary Critical Race Theory and think that "white supremacy" references should be limited to guys in hoods and other extremists. 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. "There are a certain number of prerequisites for the course that you will find in these pages," she writes. "These include critical thinking, reflexivity, compassion, and a willingness to experience discomfort." She proceeds to distinguish between personal prejudice and the more insidious and pervasive "systemic racism (a system of power)." It is by no means limited to America, but it has flourished along with white supremacy as "capitalist inventions." As the author examines the history of a country in which white settlers appropriated the land of Natives from a different race and then harvested it through the labor of imported slaves of a different race, she builds a strong case that the existence of systemic racism is undeniable and is perpetuated by a white power structure, a white education system, and a white-controlled media for the benefit of a white elite. Rather than finding any sort of post-racial hope in Barack Obama, for whom Fleming once served as a campaign spokesperson, she now dismisses him as "the king of neoliberal tokenism...it's almost as if he's competing for the title of the Most Sold-Out Sell-Out of all time or the Unclest of Uncle Toms." A deft, angry analysis for angry times. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2018)
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1981-
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Fleming, Crystal Marie
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305.800973
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E184.A1
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The origins of racial stupidity -- The idiot's guide to critical race theory -- Listen to Black women -- On racial stupidity in the Obama era -- Trump country -- Fake racial news -- Interracial love 101 -- Becoming racially literate
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23 cm
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230 pages
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9780807050774
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2018009257
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How to be less stupid about race : on racism, white supremacy and the racial divide, Crystal M. Fleming
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The origins of racial stupidity -- The idiot's guide to critical race theory -- Listen to Black women -- On racial stupidity in the Obama era -- Trump country -- Fake racial news -- Interracial love 101 -- Becoming racially literate
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23 cm
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230 pages
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9780807050774
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2018009257
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