Race Traitor

Race Traitor Race Traitor brings together voices ranging from tenured university professors to skinheads and prison inmates to discuss the white question in America Working from the premise that the white race has

  • Title: Race Traitor
  • Author: Noel Ignatiev John Garvey
  • ISBN: 9780415913935
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • Race Traitor brings together voices ranging from tenured university professors to skinheads and prison inmates to discuss the white question in America Working from the premise that the white race has been socially constructed, Race Traitor is a call for the disruption of white conformity and the formation of a New Abolitionism to dissolve it In a time when white sRace Traitor brings together voices ranging from tenured university professors to skinheads and prison inmates to discuss the white question in America Working from the premise that the white race has been socially constructed, Race Traitor is a call for the disruption of white conformity and the formation of a New Abolitionism to dissolve it In a time when white supremicist thinking seems to be gaining momentum, Race Traitor brings together voices ranging from tenured university professors to skinheads and prison inmates to discuss the white question in America Through popular culture, current events, history and personal life stories, the essays analyze the forces that hold the white race together and those that promise to tear it apart When a critical mass of people come together who, though they look white, have ceased to act white, the white race will undergo fission and former whites will be able to take part in building a new human community.

    One thought on “Race Traitor”

    1. Possibly the dumbest and most infuriating book I've ever read. Encapsulates everything that is wrong with identity politics for easy digestion.

    2. Rather than read this entire book, I would recommend reading just the first five essays "Police Assisted Homicide," and "Civil War Reenactments." The rest of the essays are not written well enough to really merit attention. They read too much like a drunk 15 year old Keroac who is trying to prove just how much he gets it, man. If you are particularly interested in white appropriation of black music then the "Crossover Dreams" essays might be worth the slog.

    3. Most of the essays here are poorly written, in most of the ways you'd expect a tiny leftist rag to be poorly written. Some are baffling (the 1992 Los Angeles riots were about environmentalism??) or problematic (lots of white authors demand cookies).But, it's got one anecdote from the Jim Crow era that made me realize exactly what some fair-skinned anti-racists are trying to do when they say "I'm not white". For that alone, I'm glad I read it.

    4. i like it. i know a lot of it i'm not suppose to like. i don't think a lot of the theory actually pans out to something very applicable to reality, but i wish these guys weren't the only ones picking a part these ideas. it's a start. and it's refreshing compared to most other things i read when it comes to white people's "role" in anti racist organizing or action.

    5. This could have been great if it weren't for a predominance of terrible contributions. There were a few places that were interesting to me (I like the term "crossover fantasy"), but there were way too many articles by white dudes trying to prove that they weren't like other white people. All ego and no substance. Yeesh. DNF.

    6. This is a collection of articles from a publication in the early 1990s; the editors were radical socialists who were convinced that reform of society was not only impossible but counterproductive, that revolution (inevitably accompanied by violence) was the only solution. The point that they emphasize in this collection is that of racism as an oppressive construction of oppressive society, and the necessity for "white" revolutionaries to refuse whiteness. Some stories of refusing whiteness in ev [...]

    7. This is a very poorly written book that seems as if it wasn't even proofread before it was published; the kind of sloppiness that one doesn't expect from any author. The rest of it (content) is sloppy and disappointing too. There is just nothing to learn from it. It's incoherent and a confusing, boring read.One gets the impression that the writer was desperately looking for attention and a way to make name for himself. He chose to write something that he thought would get him that attention: a w [...]

    8. Anyone concerned with the struggle against white skin privilege and white supremacy should read this excellent anthology. In my opinion, ost of the other reviewers here have no clue about what it's all about.

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