The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics.

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Lipsitz, George. The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2006, pp. 320, ISBN: 1592134947.

This book argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment. Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while imposing impediments to asset accumulation, employment, housing, and health care for minorities. Reaching beyond the black/white binary, the author shows how whiteness works in respect to Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, also the author delineates the weaknesses embedded in civil rights laws, the racial dimensions of...

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