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Riveting stories of how affluent white children learn about race

American kids are living in a world of ongoing public debates about race, daily displays of racial injustice, and for some, an increased awareness surrounding diversity and inclusion. In this heated context, sociologist Margaret A. Hagerman zeroes in on affluent white kids to observe how they make sense of privilege, unequal educational opportunities, and police violence. In fascinating detail, Hagerman considers the role that they and their families play in the reproduction of racism and racial inequality in America.

White Kids, based on two years of research involving in-depth interviews with white kids and their families, is a clear-eyed and sometimes shocking account of how white kids learn about race. In doing so, this book explores questions such as, "How do white kids learn about race when they grow up in families that do not talk openly about race or acknowledge its impact?" and "What about children growing up in families with parents who consider themselves to be 'anti-racist'?"

Featuring the actual voices of young, affluent white kids and what they think about race, racism, inequality, and privilege, White Kids illuminates how white racial socialization is much more dynamic, complex, and varied than previously recognized. It is a process that stretches beyond white parents' explicit conversations with their white children and includes not only the choices parents make about neighborhoods, schools, peer groups, extracurricular activities, and media, but also the choices made by the kids themselves. By interviewing kids who are growing up in different racial contexts - from racially segregated to meaningfully integrated and from politically progressive to conservative - this important book documents key differences in the outcomes of white racial socialization across families. And by observing families in their everyday lives, this book explores the extent to which white families, even those with anti-racist intentions, reproduce and reinforce the forms of inequality they say they reject.

©2018 Margaret A. Hagerman (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Being a good parent is racist

Terrible book. I'll save you the read. If you are a parent that moves to set up a good life for your kids you're racist. Meritocracy is racist. Not trying to change the world with respect to race is racist. Trying to change the world with respect to race is racist. Painfully bad logic throughout the book. It's internally inconsistent.

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Agenda

I wanted to read a good ethnography but there was too much agenda within the writing that it turned me off. The reader mocks the speakers who have a conservative agenda and the writer describes their homes as “cookie cutter” while describing the homes of liberal whites as “eclectic”. Had the potential to be interesting and informative but it fell flat for me.

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Amazing Perspective!!

I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Hagermans inside scoop on the mind of affluent white children. I thought she did a wonderful job using quotes of the children and parents and the applying it to the study of race- and the inter connectedness of race, racial profiling, and the criminal injustice system. It was a great read, and I highly recommend this book.

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Author is a racist

Why would you think like this? I don’t care who you are or where your from or the color of your skin your no better than anyone else. There are families of all colors that are in different spots of economic status. Asians do better in almost every area of life in America, does that make them better? No. It’s culture, their parents drive them and push them to succeed. Being a good parent regardless of your skin color is a great thing and will always help tremendously for kids succeeding in life. Author needs to examine cultures not race. Two parents in the household is the best thing for our kids whether your white black Asian middle eastern and what ever. Character matters not race.

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Racism education for white people

Great read for understanding racism while being white. Another helpful step in my journey of understanding racism in America. I had many Awe Haw (not to be confused with Hee Haw) moments that help me recognize my own racist behaviors as well as around me. My goal is to have grace when I witness racism and most of all have grace and forgiveness for myself in my own recognition of racist thoughts, behaviors, and assumptions.

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One must listen hard.

The theme is of critical nature and the stories were strong but they were drone to me. I get the point and I see it every day. I would only recommend it to some families, colleagues and others.

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