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7 edition of The Price of Whiteness found in the catalog.

The Price of Whiteness

Jews, Race, and American Identity

by Eric L. Goldstein

  • 259 Want to read
  • 5 Currently reading

Published by Princeton University Press .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Jewish Studies,
  • Racism & racial discrimination,
  • History,
  • History - U.S.,
  • History: American,
  • USA,
  • Discrimination & Racism,
  • United States - General,
  • American History

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages320
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL11183052M
    ISBN 100691136319
    ISBN 109780691136318
    OCLC/WorldCa191755019

    In a society where the color line played a major role in determining social status, Jews had been able to achieve a high level of success and integration by the s, while African Americans were often still fighting for basic freedoms. She did not have one, she assured me. White supremacist and anti-racist groups seem to hold this belief in common-that whites are born racist with a biologically predetermined disposition to hate blacks. Jews engaged in African-American civil rights work as early as the s. Too rigorous a categorization in terms of race—and Jews implied that they could not be smoothly integrated into America, that they were inassimilable.

    Podhoretz begins his February Commentary essay, "My Negro Problem-and Ours," by showing how he transformed the shame entailed in his personal ordeal of becoming white into his "Negro Problem. Its price, however, was also apparent; and Goldstein's book is most intriguing in showing how equivocal and varied was the Jews' effort—from the late nineteenth century down to the present—to define themselves. In a society where the color line played a major role in determining social status, Jews had been able to achieve a high level of success and integration by the s, while African Americans were often still fighting for basic freedoms. Horrified by what she had just glimpsed, Sarah severed her friendship with the girl. The boy did not protest his harassment but adjusted.

    They seemed warm and tactile, unlike her own family, whose manners and expressions were cold and constrained. In Victorian [End Page ] America race and color were not yet synonymous as they would be a century laterso that in an sermon, for example, the Reform Rabbi Solomon Schindler of Boston's Temple Israel could assert his membership in the Jewish "race. Then the boy saw something even more terrifying: the gun in the cop's hand. In a society where the color line played a major role in determining social status, Jews had been able to achieve a high level of success and integration by the s, while African Americans were often still fighting for basic freedoms. This economic penalty is difficult to grasp because Americans have been taught to think only of the benefits-the "privileges"-of whiteness accorded to Europeans who immigrated to America and became white.


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His parents knew he had never seen black people before and did not want him to embarrass the family by staring at "them" when the family went to New York on vacation the following month.

As he writes: "Layer upon layer of incidents like these build a foundation of mistrust. Harris notes in her essay "Whiteness as Property"-regardless of class position-"benefit from their wage of whiteness. Sarah, like Dan, began to cry.

And if so, whose? He was black. The language used by the adult is racial, but the content of the message pertains to the child's own feelings and what the child must do with feelings the adult doesn't like.

Who wants to remember such attacks? I do see Jewish drives toward money, material White supremacy, King wryly noted, can feed the egos of poor whites but not their stomachs. As a result, they frequently had strong misgivings about engaging in the kind of exclusivist behavior from which they had long suffered.

Textbooks can only be purchased by selecting courses. While Jews consistently sought acceptance as whites, their tendency to express their own group bonds through the language of "race" led to deep misgivings about what was required of them.

Most of her poetry was about them and the way they had drained life out of her. By the end of the twentieth century, an increasing number of Jews were asserting their "tribal" bonds to one another and stressing their "shared history" with African Americans, revealing nagging doubts about the toll acceptance in white America had taken on their own distinctive minority identity.

Goldstein's careful unearthing of what Jews actually said and how they really behaved is an important contribution to the fields of American Jewish history and ethnic studies.

What can we conclude from these various examples of the processes entailed in becoming white in America? Each of these can in sequence look down upon all groups lower in the series. The foundational research of his study describes the ways Jews employed the term "race" from to After a century, Jews were still struggling with the constraints of the black-white dichotomy.

Goldstein demonstrates in this judicious foray into American intellectual history as well as American Jewish history, race itself was an idea that proved to be not only elusive but nearly inescapable, not only enigmatic but vexingly resilient.

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The Price of Whiteness documents the uneasy place Jews have held in America's racial culture since the late nineteenth century. The book traces Jews' often tumultuous encounter with race from the s through World War II, when they became vested as part of America's white mainstream and abandoned the practice of describing themselves in.

However, this book does not just consider the practices of whiteness but also how practitioners might consider critical whiteness studies in anti-racist practice. It is concerned with not only identifying how ‘white supremacy’ continues to dominate educational discourse and practice but how it can be resisted.