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Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America

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When George Yancy penned a New York Times op-ed entitled “Dear White America” asking white Americans to confront the ways that they benefit from racism, he knew his article would be controversial. But he was unprepared for the flood of vitriol in response. The resulting blowback played out in the national media, with critics attacking Yancy in every form possible—including death threats—and supporters rallying to his side. Despite the rhetoric of a “post-race” America, Yancy quickly discovered that racism is still alive, crude, and vicious in its expression. In Backlash, Yancy expands upon the original article and chronicles the ensuing controversy as he seeks to understand what it was about the op-ed that created so much rage among so many white readers. He challenges white Americans to rise above the vitriol and to develop a new empathy for the African American experience.

ISBN-13: 9781538104057

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

Publication Date: 04-15-2018

Pages: 168

Product Dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.85(h) x 0.74(d)

George Yancy is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. He is the author, editor and co-editor of over 18 books. He is known for his influential essays and interviews in the New York Times' philosophy column, The Stone. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The End of White Innocence Acknowledgments Introduction: Talking About Racism: When Honesty Feels Like Too much to Bear Chapter 1: The Letter: Dear White America Chapter 2: Dear Nigger Professor Chapter 3: Risking the White Self Chapter 4: Accepting the Gift Notes Index About the Author