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White poverty : how exposing myths about race and class can reconstruct American democracy / Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.


One of the most pernicious and persistent myths in the United States is the association of Black skin with poverty. Though there are forty million more poor white people than Black people, most Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, continue to think of poverty--along with issues like welfare, unemployment, and food stamps--as solely a Black problem. Why is this so? What are the historical causes? And what are the political consequences that result? These are among the questions that the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, a leading advocate for the rights of the poor and the "closest person we have to Dr. King" (Cornel West), addresses in White Poverty, a groundbreaking work that exposes a legacy of historical myths that continue to define both white and Black people, creating in the process what might seem like an insuperable divide. Analyzing what has changed since the 1930s, when the face of American poverty was white, Barber, along with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, addresses white poverty as a hugely neglected subject that just might provide the key to mitigating racism and bringing together tens of millions of working class and impoverished Americans.

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  • ISBN: 1324094877
  • ISBN: 9781324094876
  • Physical Description: 270 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing, [2024]
Subject: Poor white people > United States.
Poor > United States.
United States > Race relations.
Genre: Informational works.

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North Kansas City Public Library 362.50973 BARBER 2024 (Text) 0001012553416 Nonfiction New Available -

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