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Mediocre : the dangerous legacy of white male America / Ijeoma Oluo.

Oluo, Ijeoma, (author.).

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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3 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library 305.3109 OLU (Text) 33500013324074 New Checked out 02/04/2021
Detroit Lakes Public Library 305.3109 OLU (Text) 33500013324066 New Checked out 02/03/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 1580059511
  • ISBN: 9781580059510
  • Physical Description: vii, 318 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Seal Press, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-306) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Works according to design -- Cowboys and patriots: how the West was won -- For your benefit, in our image: the centering of white men in social justice movements -- The Ivy League and the tax eaters: white men's assault on higher education -- We have far too many Negroes: white America's bitter dependency on people of color -- Fire the women: the convenient use and abuse of women in the workplace -- Socialists and quota queens: when women of color challenge the political status quo -- Go fucking play: football and the fear of black men -- Conclusion: Can white manhood be more than this?
Summary, etc.:
A history of American white male identity by the author of "So You Want to Talk About Race" imagines a merit-based, non-discriminating model while exposing the actual costs of successes defined by racial and sexual dominance. What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power? Oluo shows how, throughout the last 150 years of American history, white male supremacy has wrought devastating consequences for people of color, women and nonbinary people, and white men themselves. She shows that the erasure and oppression of everyone else in America causes racist and sexist behavior, and imagines the possibilities for a new white male identity, free from racism and sexism. -- Adapted from jacket.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 November #1
    What price does the nation pay for white male supremacy? That is the question Oluo (So You Want to Talk about Race, 2018) endeavors to answer in her new book, which delves into manifestations of such supremacy from America's attempted eradication of Indigenous people to the present-day resurgence of white nationalism. Rather than striving on a level playing field, powerful white men throughout history have done their best to ensure that women and people of color start from a place of perpetual disadvantage. Oluo draws clear lines from the mythmaking of "Buffalo Bill" Cody—who recast himself as a hero after scalping a Cheyenne warrior in a fight—to George Preston Marshall's ardent and determined resistance to desegregating his NFL team, an act of racist defiance that endured until government pressure forced a change. Oluo persuasively argues that the result of leaving power in the hands of men like Cody and Preston is not equal, fair, or even advantageous. Mediocre is an eloquent and impassioned plea for the moral and practical value of pursuing a more just future. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race. Her work on race has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has twice been named to the Root 100, and she received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Subject: Men, White > United States.
Male domination (Social structure) > United States > History.
Privilege (Social psychology) > United States > History.
United States > Race relations > History.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory.
Male domination (Social structure)
Men, White.
Privilege (Social psychology)
Race relations.
United States.
Genre: History.

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