By David K. Shipler
Original 12 months of publication: 1997, 1998 - pb
A nation of Strangers is an impressive 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 usual americans as they come 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 photographs and assumptions seep into the activities of even the main independent. We penetrate into dimensions of stereotyping and discrimination which are often invisible, and observe the unseen prejudices and privileges of white american citizens, and what black american citizens make of them.
We discover the competing impulses of integration and separation: the reference issues in which the races navigate as they enterprise out after which withdraw; the biculturalism that many blacks excellent as they circulate backward and forward among the white and black worlds, and the homesickness a few blacks consider for the relaxation of all-black separateness. There are portrayals of interracial households and their multiracial children--expert courses throughout the clashes created by way of racial mixing in the USA. We see how whites and blacks every one hold the load 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 facility we search or are loath to relinquish.
The e-book makes transparent that we've got the facility to form our racial landscape--to reconstruct, no matter if no longer completely, the feel of our relations. there's an review of the complexity confronting blacks and whites alike as they try to acknowledge and outline the racial motivations which can or will not be found in a suggestion, a be aware, a deed. The publication doesn't prescribe, however it records the silences that be successful, the listening that doesn't take place, the conversations that don't occur. It appears at family members among minorities, together with blacks and Jews, and blacks and Koreans. It explores the human dimensions of affirmative motion, the problematic contacts and misunderstandings throughout racial traces between coworkers and acquaintances. it truly is unstinting in its feedback of our society's failure to come back to grips with bigotry; however it is usually, fortunately, crowded with black humans and white those that fight of their day-by-day lives to do exactly that.
A striking publication that might stimulate every one people to reexamine and higher comprehend our personal private attitudes in regard to race in America.
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Extra resources for A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America
M. on February 10, 1964, after nine full days of House debate, and only two hours before the ﬁnal enactment would occur, Representative Robert T. Ashmore, Democrat of South Carolina, introduced an amendment providing for a Community Relations Service. Apparently by prearrangement, and to expedite ﬁnal passage of the bill that night, Cellar and McCulloch both declared the measure to be merely technical, and acceptable to them. It was promptly adopted. According to Charles and Barbara Whalen, “This ready concurrence was a deliberate 13.
Selden, an Alabama Democrat. He stated that it was not appropriate for the federal government to be involved in community relations. The highly organized and effective civil rights lobby had been primarily concerned with preserving and strengthening the more substantive provisions of the bill. The focus of its members was on the achievement of major breakthroughs in voting rights and public accommodations. They wanted to empower the attorney general to bring suit against segregated schools and public facilities.
This kind of brief intervention was often necessary when scant resources had to be spread very thin. A typical example involved a Negro family in a rural southern community that was being subjected to abuse and vandalism after moving into a white neighborhood. A CRS phone call to the sheriff inquiring about allegations that he had failed to provide protection resulted in periodic squad car patrols that discouraged the harassment. A second approach was to trigger the involvement of higher authority.
A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America by David K. Shipler