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The classic, best-selling book on the psychology of racism - now fully revised and updated.

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see black, white, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential listening for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.

©2017 Beverly Tatum (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"An unusually sensitive work about the racial barriers that still divide us in so many areas of life." (Jonathan Kozol)

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It’s time to change perspective

I am so glad that I listen to this book. As a white female who is lived 60 years, I know I’ve had struggles. But this book showed me that my struggles also came with privilege. My heart is open to hear the stories of those less fortunate. And to stand up for those being discriminated against every time the opportunity shows up.

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Outstanding.

A must read for parents and educators. No matter your racial or socio-economic background, you will learn a lot from this book.

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A magnificent tool for life.

It touched on Native Americans, a group so easily forgotten by many. It gave a historical context which made it easier to understand today's social issues and it gave the tools talk about those issues and how to work together to keep moving foward.

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Amazing!!

I had read parts of the original but the twentieth anniversary addition was particularly powerful. Me and my wife are look at fostering and there is a good chance that kids place with us will have a different race than our selves, this book was incredible helpful tool, preparing us to promote a positive racial identity for kids coming into our home irrespective of their race

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Truth today

Tough to listen to, but the truth is always in season. Learned so very much. well reasoned

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Outstanding! A must read for all races!

I found this to be a very enlightening, enriching and educational book. As a white person I struggle with what my role is in dismantling systemic racism. This book has iopened my heart and mind to what's possible and how I can be a part of it.

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Love it.

I enjoyed this. i could relate so much to it.
Moving from Baltimore to Ohio to a small town when i was 4. I understood about not wanting to be African American. i Wanted to be white. The things I heard from adult whites was awful. I was scared of my own race. I still have some Apprehensive ways if I am around too many if it's not my family
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I did not like the one sided political slant that led up to the book. I felt it was decisive and it made me question all the stats that were used because stats can be used to back anything in a very one sided way. I almost did not continue listening because so much hate filled politics. But I listen while I walk or bike so I kept listening. The actual book is excellent and will help me very much to be a better high school math teacher. john

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bad evidence unscientific

cherry picked examples and bad evidence characterize a racist overarching theme. some of the things the author put forth as true simply are not upon further investigation

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The author has a political agenda, still helpful

This book challenged me to rethink some of the things I've taken for granted as a white male. She is well written and presented a lot of information to consider and ponder. The updates based on recent 2016 and 2017 development shed some light into some conflicts that happened right after. All that said the revised edition is very policitically motivated. The author will quote statistics in ways that aren't consistent but will help her point. She essentially claims Republicans are the only party to blame for the race inequities we have. Her redefinition of the term racist is unnecessary and inflammatory (only whites can be racist according to her definition). She has a strong liberal slant that must be considered. I disagree with many things in this book, but I do think it is enlightening in various ways. Of key importance is to listen and empathize because whites typically don't have a race identity struggle because it's considered "normal" to be white. Give it a listen but with critical ears because there are inconsistencies in some of her stances.

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