Searching for Whitopia

Searching for Whitopia

An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America

Book - 2009
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An examination of a recent migration of white Americans to small, predominantly white cities describes the author's visits to "whitopias" throughout the country, where he met white citizens from myriad walks of life, learned the causes of the migration, and familiarized himself with each neighborhood's landscapes and social structures.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401322687
1401322689
Branch Call Number: 304.8097 BEN
Characteristics: viii, 354 p. : maps ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Apr 18, 2018

it's become something of a subgenre for coastal elites to travel around the country and send back dispatches from red states or the heartland or Trump country. Rich Benjamin's "Searching for Whitopia" is a kind of comic companion to "Strangers in Our Land." Benjamin, who is black, travels to some of the whitest communities in the country, from Idaho to Georgia to New York City. While Benjamin has a clear agenda, he approaches his subject with a sense of humor and keen intelligence, and he listens to what his subjects have to say, even if he doesn't always agree with their views on race, immigration, and community. This came out shortly after Obama's election, but what it has to say is still very relevant and compelling.

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