White Evolution: The Constant Struggle for Racial Consciousness (Paperback)
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White Evolution: The Constant Struggle for Racial Consciousness (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 30/04/2020
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Two fundamental and underlying principles drive White Evolution. The first is that evolution means constant movement in the fight against the virus of White supremacy. If the virus is evolving rapidly, then our critical consciousness needs to evolve faster in order to outpace the supremacy. The second is that this evolution is not an individual act-it must be done in community. The genetic makeup of human beings points to the necessity of interdependence. Growth and development do not lead to a solitary life so much as to being a dependable person rooted in community. The origin of White supremacy, on the other hand, is in reproducing uniformity and eradicating diversity. In an ecological framework, uniformity and monoculture is harmful to an ecosystem that needs diversity of thought, creativity, culture, perspective, history, and economy to survive. The White supremacy intended to "preserve the race" has created an enduring system of violence against people of color and is simultaneously hurting the endurability of humanity in exchange for the immediate gains of supremacy.

The book, White Evolution, recounts the historical movement toward supremacy and casts the possibility of a White evolution toward racial justice through collective critical consciousness. The constant struggle for racial consciousness has no arrival point. White consciousness will never be woke because there is no past tense and no plateau. When privilege and supremacy are akin to a constantly evolving and insidious virus (Whitefluenza), and the antidote is to outpace White evolution for supremacy with a White evolution for racial justice. This is not an individual task, but rather a systemic redesign and reconstruction of social systems and requiring the cultivation of a collective critical consciousness. White Evolution covers a great deal of historical detail and contemporary examples to explain and explore new possibilities for recognizing the importance of interdependence of humanity.

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
ISBN: 9781433176081
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition


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"White Evolution tackles some of the most urgent social and political issues of our time. Grounded in rich historical context and complex critical analysis, this book provides a powerful discussion of the evolution of white racial consciousness. It is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand how race and whiteness operate and how we can collectively evolve to produce a more racially equitable society."-Samuel D. Museus, Professor of Education Studies, Founding Director of the National Institute for Transformation and Equity, University of California, San Diego
"My first reaction upon reading the introduction to White Evolution was 'wow' because even though I still had much work to do I could not stop myself from reading. There is a lot of talk about diversity, inclusivity, and equity but hardly any talk about the many ways in which whiteness is implicated in the structures, practices, and mindsets. White Evolution shows the many side of whiteness illustrated with compelling stories that make it hard to stop reading. The authors also share their own personal experiences with whiteness which will help readers understand their own fears and apprehensions and learn to see and talk about whiteness naturally. This is an excellent book for higher education practitioners and leaders."-Estela Mara Bensimon, Dean's Professor in Educational Equity and Director, Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California

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