Monday, August 10, 2009

Whitewashed: America's Invisible Middle Eastern Minority by John Tehranian

The eventual perceptual destination---the verdant fertile pasture, of our democracy is that Americans perceive one another not by ancestry, gender, appearance, or affiliation; but as imaginatively creative unique individuals. But before we can begin harvesting the fruit of that garden, we have to get there. This book is a comprehensive observation of just how far from there we are (including the irresponsible ways negative stereotypes are perpetuated); the detriment of deceiving ourselves about how close we are, and the necessary steps to get there. A primary question Professor Tehranian has us considering is, "How much of one’s identity; one's culture and preferences, must one “cover” to be harmoniously assimilated by the rest of society?" His perspective is personal yet objective. I found this book sobering, enlightening, and educational.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: E184.A65 T45 2009
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Tracie Hall, Librarian, Law Library
Rating: Highly Recommended

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