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‘Good White People’

So what exactly is the problem with good white people?

You’ll find out on Tuesday, Nov. 10, when UNC Charlotte philosopher Shannon Sullivan talks about her new book, “Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism,” named by Ms. Magazine as a must-read book of 2014.

Sullivan, chair of the philosophy department, identifies “white middle-class goodness” as certain attitudes common among well-meaning white liberals, each attitude deceptively designed to convey a lack of racism.

For example, the middle class’s denigration of lower class “white trash” as being responsible for ongoing white racism.

Or, the demonization by white middle class folks of the antebellum slaveholders. (”Them, not us.”)

You’ll hear other ways in white good white people fool themselves and others when it comes to racism at Personally Speaking, which begins at 6:30 p.m., at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St.

Complimentary parking is available in the two lots directly across 9th Street and directly across Brevard Street from Center City.

The event is free and open to the public. Please call 704-687-0085 to say you’ll be attending.

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