Good* White Racist: Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice

\ good · white · racist \ noun

  1. A well-intentioned person of European descent who is nonetheless complicit in a culture of systemic racism
  2. A white person who would rather stay comfortable than do the work of antiracism

When it comes to race, most white Americans are obsessed with two things: defending our own inherent goodness and maintaining our own comfort levels. Too often, this means white people assume that to be racist, one has to be openly hateful and willfully discriminatory—you know, a bad person. And we know we're good, Christian people, right? But you don’t have to be wearing a white hood or shouting racial epithets to be complicit in America’s racist history and its ongoing systemic inequality.

In Good White Racist?, Kerry Connelly exposes the ways white people participate in, benefit from, and unknowingly perpetuate racism—despite their best "good person" intentions. Good White Racist? unpacks the systems that maintain the status quo, keep white people comfortable and complicit, and perpetuate racism in the United States and elsewhere. Combining scholarly research with her trademark New Jersey snark, Connelly shows us that even though it may not be our fault or choice to participate in a racist system, we all do, and it’s our responsibility to do something about it.

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Kerry Connelly
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17 Mar 2020
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This is an excellent book to get white people to think in a new, beneficial way. I consider it a valuable tool for communities that may be completely new to the idea of anti-racism. Connelly’s writing style is no-nonsense—both toward herself and her readers. It lends itself to a book study group and definitely generates positive energy that can be used to move toward action.
A very good book for sure! As a white male I’ve been doing the necessary research. I believe this a book that has been really necessary in understanding racism and the work of antiracism. It’s also been revealing as a Christian and how racism has played out in the church. The author does a good job in revealing how Jesus is so important to the work of antiracism without and within the church. You should read this book if you’re ready to be confronted with your own racism and do the work of antiracism.
Ms. Connelly succeeds in describing the numerous ways that well meaning liberal whites subtly and sometimes not so subtly perpetuate racism today. It is a disturbing but insightful reading experience. In many ways it is better than some of the today's anti-racism best sellers. Her style is informal and very easy to read, but she is still able to drive home the ideas we all need to absorb.
The "Magic Elixir" for all problems require massive discussions that must be evaluated to find a solution.

Begining with the problem we must learn more and more about less and less until we know absolutely everything about nothing.

Don't worry over others who don't know our solutions.
This book is easy to read and breaks down complex issues into terms that anyone can understand. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Connelly's work is an antiracism rallying call. This book is a powerful read for white people who are outraged by the murder and oppression of black people and ready to do the hard internal and collective work needed to make the world a more just place.
I'm white and I'm a racist. I was looking for a book that would have methods and techniques of how to stop being a white racist. However, by the end of the book, all white people are racist and there is no cure for white racism. Society is racist. There is white privilege everywhere. There is no cure.
Lacking from this book is the examination and elimination of other forms of discrimination, such as sexism, legal presumptions and economic class discrimination. The basis of the book is accusation and demands for self-examination, but there is nothing good coming from the self examination except the realization that you are racist, which I already knew.
I found the book depressing, as even the author admits she is racist, even as she tries to start and anti-racist movement. And in the end, she is hung on a hook of her own logic- if you are white, you are racist. Since this is a fact about being white, to discriminate against it is to be racist in turn.
This book isn't recommended. Something I seldom write, but in this case it is earned. If the author, Kerry Connelly, can figure out how to stop being racist, I would be interested in that book. This one is silly.
This book is a profoundly important message that is so so needed in today's racially charged society. Kerry writes with a strong sense of urgency around an ongoing issue and provides honest, sometimes raw and heartfelt commentary and practical, usable ways for us 'white guys' to get better at recognizing our own part in racism and to take steps to do something meaningful about it. A must-read!
Kerry is insightful and an excellent writer. If you identify as a white-bodied person, this is a must read!
If you are a white person, you will likely find this a difficult book to read. It is not because the writing style is unclear. On the contrary, Connelly is all too clear for comfort. And that is the point. The book’s content is meant to make us uncomfortable. It is easy to imagine Connelly responding to complaints about her in-your-face prose with, “Get over it.” Connelly is white. She wrote this book for whites. Her purpose is to reveal the Whiteness that permeates American society and the harm it has and is doing to people of color and our nation. She pulls no punches, but she cares deeply for and about all of us. As she confronts the reader with the subtleties and harm of racism, Connelly counters each of our responses of “Yeah, but….” She does not let us escape from taking responsibility for the perpetuation of racism. Set aside your ego, put down your defenses, and read this book. You may feel a bit bruised and battered after your read, but you may very well be on your way to becoming a better person.
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