Fiction, Poetry and Havering

Deconstructing Whiteness

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Suggested Readings on the Topic of Whiteness:



Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Social Justice by Paul Kivel
(most of the text is free on google books, just google the title of the book and it should pop up)


The Heart of Whiteness by Robert Jensen
(listen to his NPR talk here:


Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s by Michael Omi & Howard Winant


How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
(read an interview with Ignatiev here:


The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz


White Like Me by Tim Wise

(watch him speak via youtube:

Articles, Essay, Excerpts


“Something about the subject makes it hard to name,” by Gloria Yamato


“Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh


A recent blog post challenging the class privilege in McIntosh’s piece, “Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person, ” by Gina Crosely-Corcoran


“On Being White…and Other Lies” by James Baldwin


“Holding My Sister’s Hand” by bell hooks
(if you google it there should be pdf’s available for free download, the link wouldn’t paste here for some reason)


“From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: the life-long journey,” by Tema Okun, Change Work


“Race, The Power Of An Illusion”

Thanks to Lilly Padia for this excellent resource.


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