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Title:
How to be less stupid about race : on racism, White supremacy, and the racial divide
ISBN:
9780807050774
Publication Information:
Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
230 pages ; 23 cm
Contents:
Introduction: 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.
Summary:
"How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstandings about race persist, even as white supremacy and racial injustice are more visible than ever before. Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and analysis of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on systemic racism, sociologist Crystal M. Fleming provides a fresh, accessible, and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our "national conversation about race." Drawing upon critical race theory, as well as her own experiences as a queer black millennial college professor and researcher, Fleming unveils how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance--and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change. Searing, sobering, and urgently needed, How to Be Less Stupid About Race is a truth bomb and call to action for everyone who wants to challenge white supremacy and intersectional oppression. If you like Issa Rae, Justin Simien, Angela Davis, and Morgan Jerkins, then this deeply relevant, bold, and incisive book is for you."-- Provided by publisher.
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A unique and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our "national conversation about race"--and what to do about it

How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstandings about race persist, even as white supremacy and racial injustice are more visible than ever before.

Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and analysis of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on systemic racism, sociologist Crystal M. Fleming provides a fresh, accessible, and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our "national conversation about race." Drawing upon critical race theory, as well as her own experiences as a queer black millennial college professor and researcher, Fleming unveils how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance--and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change.

Searing, sobering, and urgently needed, How to Be Less Stupid About Race is a truth bomb and call to action for everyone who wants to challenge white supremacy and intersectional oppression. If you like Issa Rae, Justin Simien, Angela Davis, and Morgan Jerkins, then this deeply relevant, bold, and incisive book is for you.


Author Notes

Crystal M. Fleming , PhD, is a writer and sociologist who researches racism in the United States and abroad. She earned degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University and is associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University. Fleming writes about race, sexuality, and politics for publications including The Root , Black Agenda Report , Vox, and Everyday Feminism , and she has tens of thousands of followers on social media. She is the author of Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France .


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Sociologist Fleming (Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France) delivers on her promise to help people become "less stupid about race" by inspiring critical thinking and in-depth reflection on the past, present, and future effects of systemic racism and white supremacy. The author begins with an excellent introduction to critical race theory, then applies the methodology to today's society through a combination of frank, irreverent personal anecdotes and interdisciplinary research. The result is a thought-provoking analysis of systemic racism in our institutions, with special emphasis on education, politics, government, media, pop culture, and even personal relationships. Fleming goes beyond addressing obvious examples of white supremacy in our everyday lives and delves into topics such as what she deems the conciliatory racial presidency of Barack Obama and the systemic racism in the New York Times. The book is well organized and includes extensive notes. The narrative's conversational, brash, style is easy to read, but the harsh conclusions may cause some readers discomfort, anger, or dismay. Fleming helps to alleviate these feelings with a list of ten steps to take to be a more just society. VERDICT An important and timely voice to discussions of race in America.-Theresa Muraski, Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Lib. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Origins of Racial Stupidityp. 1
Chapter 1 The Idiot's Guide to Critical Race Theoryp. 23
Chapter 2 Listen to Black Womenp. 49
Chapter 3 On Racial Stupidity in the Obama Erap. 76
Chapter 4 Trump Countryp. 106
Chapter 5 Fake Racial Newsp. 130
Chapter 6 Interracial Love 101p. 156
Chapter 7 Becoming Racially Literatep. 177
Acknowledgmentsp. 203
Notesp. 205