The Book, White Male Privilege First Came Out in 2006

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The book, White Male Privilege takes a look at racism from different perspectives..

Mark Rosenkranz decribes the details of the alleged beating by the SFPD on a San Francisco night in the book, "White Male Privilege," which provides a study of racism in America 40 years after the Voting Rights Act. His book includes insights and commentary on racism allegedly experienced by Lynn Swann, a pro football hall-of-famer.

In the Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers declared "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," and yet, it would be another 191 years before Americans would be equal by law. It has been suggested that with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, America had finally overcome its ugly past of racism and discrimination. As we entered into the new millennium, the author wondered if America had really set aside its biased and discriminatory practices. The author interviewed eight people as he developed the foundations for this book. One of the people he was honored to interview was Brian Swann DDS, the brother of famous footballer Lynn Swann.

Brian shared his story of a racially motivated encounter that he and his brother's had experienced in the 1970's in San Francisco, California, at the hands of the San Francisco Police Department. Each of the eight people interviewed for this book brought with them a different experience and viewpoint as it relates to discrimination and racism in America, and more specifically, white male privilege in America. The author brought these eight individual viewpoints together, and told their story as they relate to American history, from the early days of colonization through the present day.

Also, some people are being slapped in the face and they don't even know it. It is not just about being black or white. It is also about economics and social stratification. Like Tim Wise said, "divide and conquer." "We were taught to be white." The concept of whiteness didn't exist until after America was discovered. In reality, "America" was taken from the American Indian people. Take a look at some of the videos Tim Wise can be seen on. Some of these videos have been put on Youtube. Tim, thank you for the insights you continue to provide.


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