Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Race and Ethnicity: Literature

Jensen, Robert. The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege. Publisher: City Lights. (2005)
Excerpt: "…Jensen writes that it is time for white people to fully acknowledge that in the racial arena, they are a problem. Jensen sets his sights not only on the racism that can’t be hidden, but also on the liberal platitudes that sometimes conceal the depths of that racism American "polite society." Mixing personal experience with data and theory, he faces down the difficult realities of race, racism, and white privilege in the United States.
Wise, Tim. White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. Publisher: Soft Skull Press. (2005)
Excerpt: " From his experiences as a white anti-racist activist and white American, Tim Wise has crafted the first history of what it means to be part of the ‘majority’ in America. Combining the emotion of personal stories with insights gleaned from fifteen years as an educator, White Like Me examines the way in white whites reap the benefits of ‘racial preferences’--- whether or not they actively engage in racism. By critically assessing the magnitude of racial privilege and its cost--- to people of color and whites as well--- Wise provides an elegant and provocative memoir relevant to activist, educators, and average everyday folks seeking to understand why race continues to shape life in the Unites States."
Yancey, George. Who is White? : Latinos, Asians, and the New Black/Nonblack Divide. Publisher: Lynne Rienner. (2004)
Excerpt: "A necessary read… Who is White? is more than a rich sociological study; it also serves as a blueprint for the political possibilities that lie before us if left unaddressed."
Tatum, Beverly Daniel, PH.D. Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Publisher: Basic Books; 5th anniv., revised edition (January 7, 2003)
Excerpt: "Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black youth seated together in the Cafeteria- and the White, Latino, Asian Pacific, and American Indian youth clustered in their own groups, too. The same phenomenon can be observed in college dining halls, faculty lounges, and in corporate cafeterias. Is this self-segregation a problem we should try to fix, or a copying strategy we should support? How can we get past our reluctance to talk about racial issues?”
Brown, Michael K, Martin Carnoy, Elliott Currie, Troy Duster, David B. Oppenheimer, Marjorie M. Shultz, and David Wellman.Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society.  Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (January 21, 2005)
Excerpt: "…we address these questions by examining the main arguments made by proponents of racial realism…we explore their concept of racism, the idea that racism is solely a matter of prejudiced attitudes. We show how this outdated, misleading conception of racism speaks from only one side of the color line, and we compare it to the idea that racism is a sense of group position based on the accumulation of racial advantage."
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era. Publisher: Lynne Rienner. (2001)
Excerpt: "Full of brilliant, fresh ideas and well-developed arguments….Provocative, innovative, and insightful…No person interested in racial inequality, race relations, and the changing nature of racial disclosure in the U.S. should fail to read this work."
Rothenberg, Paula S. White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism. Publisher: Worth Publishers; 2nd edition (June 25, 2004)
Excerpt: "This book brings together key essays and articles that seek to make whiteness visible, to analyze the nature of white privilege, and to offer suggestions for using that privilege in order to combat racism… the readings in this volume are interdisciplinary in nature and highly accessible. They are designed to allow educators to initiate conversations about whiteness and white privilege in courses in many disciplines and at different educational levels.
Doane, Ashley W, Eduardo Bonilla- Silva. White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism. Publisher: Routledge (2003)
Excerpt: "This cutting-edge collection of original essays exams how white racial identity is constructed and how systems of white privilege operate in everyday life. White Out moves beyond personal narrative and surface discussion to provide a much needed critical analysis of whiteness.
Pettigrew, Thomas F. The Sociology of Race Relations: Reflections and Reform. Publisher: The Free Press. (1980)
Excerpt: "The Sociology of Race Relations covers seven historical periods, each introduced by an incisive discussion of the racial milieu of the time. It begins with the era of Jim Crow laws and the great black migration from the South and proceeds to the reappearance of the Ku Klux Klan in the ‘20s, the Depression Years, the Japanese American internment during the Second World War, the deceptively quiet ‘50s that culminated in the civil rights movement of the ‘60s. It concludes with the look at desegregation in the 70’s, the aftermath of the policies of the preceding decade."
Dyson, Michael Eric. The Michael Eric Dyson Reader. Publisher: Basic Civitas Books (2004)
Excerpt: "This fascinating collection highlights Dyson's dazzling ability to blend spirituality and intellectualism in analyzing complex issues, from racism to sexuality, religion, and politics… Other sections feature Dyson's contributions to critical race theory and a variety of race-centered topics, from affirmative action to multiculturalism to whiteness studies.”
Wise, Tim J. Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White. Publisher: Routledge. (2005)
Excerpt: "Racial preference is nothing new, argues Tim J. Wise in this compelling exploration of race, privilege, and education. This book recasts the debate of today’s controversial, race-based affirmative action policies. Wise deftly demonstrates that the American educational system has always been complicit in institutionalized racism and racial preference.
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States Second Edition. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (2006)
Excerpt: "In this new edition Bonilla-Silva has added a chapter dealing with future of racial stratification in America that goes beyond the white/black dichotomy. He argues that the United States is developing a more complex and apparently "plural" racial order that will mimic Latin American patterns of racial stratification. Another new chapter addresses a variety of questions from readers of the first edition."
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (2003)
Excerpt: "Racism is alive and well although it has changed its clothes. Color-blind racism combines elements of liberalism in the abstract with anti-minority views to justify contemporary racial inequality.”
Levin, Jack. The Violence of Hate: Confronting Racism, Anti-Semitism, and Other Forms of Bigotry. Publisher: Allyn & Bacon (2002)
Excerpt: "Until recently, the term "hate”, referred to any intense dislike or hostility, whatever its object. In everyday conversation, for example, an individual might bee said to "hate” his teacher, the taste of liver, communism, or even himself. Thus, in this generic sense of the term, hate could be directed at almost anything-a person, a group, an idea, some other abstraction, or an inanimate object.”
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. America behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans. Publisher: Warner Books (January 7, 2004) 
Excerpt: "In their own candid, deeply felt words, each discusses what it means to be African American in the twenty-first century: from Maya Angelou and Morgan Freeman's reflections on "returning home” to the South…to convict "Eric Edwards” telling us how his peers find self-sufficiency and prove their adulthood…from an interracial couple describing how they cope with the remnants of racism in Birmingham to a single mother's insights into how life on Chicago's newly renovated South Side still presents its own particular obstacles and dangers.”
MacDonald, Victoria-Maria. Latino Education in the United States: A Narrated History from 1513-2000. Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan. (2004)
Excerpt: "At long last, the complete history of Latino Education in the United States has been gathered together into one groundbreaking volume…MacDonald’s engaging narrative guides the reader through an invaluable collection of primary documents and literature. Important for students and scholars alike, Latino Education in the United States provides a comprehensive examination of Latino culture, history, and education, and transcends regional and cultural boundaries. MacDonald highlights the poignant histories and triumphs of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Central and South Americans and explores the influence of Latino culture the United States." 
Baugh, John. Beyond Ebonics; Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (May 2, 2002)
Excerpt: "This highly accessible book avoids technical linguistic jargon as it traces Ebonics from its obscure origin through its eventual public demise, considering a host of legal, educational, and theoretical issues that still linger today. Baugh's investigation exposes flaws in competing definitions of Ebonics, as well as racial tensions that flared throughout the controversy.”
Tucker-Frazier, Sundee. Check All That Apply: Finding Wholeness as a Multiracial Person. Publisher: Intervarsity Press (March 2002)
Excerpt: "Being multiracial is an honor. But it doesn't always feel that way. Sometimes we wonder where we fit, who our community is and who can understand us. When faced with a form that requires us to check an ethnicity, we sometimes simply feel like "none of the above.”
Dyson, Michael Eric. Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. Publisher: Basic Books (February 28, 2006)
Excerpt: "When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands were left behind to suffer the ravages of destruction, disease, and even death. The majority of these people were black; nearly all were poor. The Federal government's slow response to local appeals for help is by now notorious.”
Jones, Lee. Making It on Broken Promises: African American Male Scholars Confront the Culture of Higher Education. Publisher: Stylus. (2002)
Excerpt: "This book provides an occasion to examine the complex conjuncture between the White supremacist realities of the American Academy and the often threatening presence of brilliant Black men in the Academy. This challenging book should also serve as an inspiration for a new generation of Black men deeply devoted to the life of the mind in or outside the Academy"
Wright, Richard. Native Son. Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics (August 2, 2005)
Excerpt: "Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930's, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.”
Childs, Erica Chito. Childs, Erica Chito. Navigating Interracial Borders: Black-White Couples and Their Social Worlds. Publisher: Rutgers University Press. (2005) 
Excerpt: "Childs explores the social worlds of black-white interracial couples and examines the way that collective attitudes shape private relationships. Drawing on personal accounts, in-depth interviews, focus groups responses, and cultural analysis of media sources, she provides compelling evidence that sizable opposition still exists toward black-white unions. Disapproval is merely being expressed in more subtle, color-blind terms."
Feagin, Joe R. Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression. Publisher: Routledge. (2006). 
Excerpt: " …Feagin takes a brave step forward to develop a reinvigorated theory of systemic racism to interpret the highly racialized character and development of U.S. society. This system of racial oppression, as Feagin argues, was not an accident of history, but has been created and sustained intentionally by white Americans. Systemic Racism examines how major societal institutions have been thoroughly pervaded by racial framing, ideas, stereotypes, images, emotions, and practices. The book explains how white Americans labored to bring forth a racist system in the 17th century and have worked diligently to perpetuate that system ever since. Today, as in the past, racial oppression is not just a surface-level feature of U.S. society…"
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., and Cornel West. The African–American Century. Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (February 5, 2002) 
Excerpt: "Without Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis, we would not have jazz. Without Toni Morrison or Ralph Ellison, we would miss some of our greatest novels… Lively, accessible, and illustrated throughout, The African-American Century is a celebration of black achievement and a tribute to the black struggle for freedom in American that will inspire readers for years to come.”