A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America

A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America

David K. Shipler


A state of Strangers is a powerful exploration of the mental panorama the place blacks and whites meet. to inform the tale in human instead of summary phrases, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author David okay. Shipler bypasses either extremists and celebrities and takes us between traditional american citizens as they stumble upon each other throughout racial lines.

We learn the way blacks and whites see one another, how they interpret each one other's habit, and the way definite harmful photos and assumptions seep into the activities of even the main independent. We penetrate into dimensions of stereotyping and discrimination which are frequently invisible, and detect the unseen prejudices and privileges of white americans, and what black americans make of them.

We discover the competing impulses of integration and separation: the reference issues through which the races navigate as they enterprise out after which withdraw; the biculturalism that many blacks ideal as they movement backward and forward among the white and black worlds, and the homesickness a few blacks think for the relaxation of all-black separateness. There are portrayals of interracial households and their multiracial children--expert publications throughout the clashes created by means of racial mixing in the United States. We see how whites and blacks every one hold the weight of our history.

Black-white stereotypes are dissected: the actual our bodies that we see, the psychological characteristics we think, the ethical personality we characteristic to others and to ourselves, the violence we worry, the ability we search or are loath to relinquish.

The booklet makes transparent that we have got the power to form our racial landscape--to reconstruct, no matter if no longer completely, the feel of our relations. there's an evaluate of the complexity confronting blacks and whites alike as they fight to acknowledge and outline the racial motivations which can or will not be found in a idea, a be aware, a deed. The ebook doesn't prescribe, however it records the silences that be successful, the listening that does not take place, the conversations that do not occur. It appears to be like at family members among minorities, together with blacks and Jews, and blacks and Koreans. It explores the human dimensions of affirmative motion, the tricky contacts and misunderstandings throughout racial traces between coworkers and acquaintances. it's unstinting in its feedback of our society's failure to come back to grips with bigotry; however it can be, fortunately, crowded with black humans and white those that fight of their day-by-day lives to just do that.

A outstanding ebook that may stimulate each one folks to reexamine and higher comprehend our personal inner most attitudes in regard to race in the United States.

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