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It's the Little Things: Everyday Interactions That Get Under the Skin of Blacks and Whites

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A black person is taken aback when a stranger uses his first name. - A white person fails to recognize a black colleague outside the office. - A black executive is followed around a department store and then can't get a taxi to stop for her. - A white person comments in amazement on how articulate an Ivy Leaque professional is-a black Harvard graduate. Despite the progress our country has made since the civil rights movement, we live in separate worlds. Although people of different races work together, go to school together, live in integrated neighborhoods, and have developed long lasting friendships, we're still undeniably divided. Why? Ignorance. In this fast, funny, smart and forthright book, New York Times reporter Lena Williams tells it like it is. Writing from her own experiences and from what she has learned through conducting focus groups of blacks and whites all over the country, Williams opens our eyes to the annoying things we do and explains what they mean and how to avoid them. If you've ever noticed these sights-and especially if you haven't- you'll find It's the Little Things an eye opener, a delight, and an important bridge between our separated cultures.

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Williams, a 25-year veteran of the New York Times, uses an honest and often humorous approach to point out the gestures, words, expressions, and body language that contribute to mistrust and miscommunication between whites and blacks. She writes from her own experience and from what she has learned from focus groups she conducted around the country.
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Synopsis:

New York Times veteran Lena Williams candidly explores the everyday occurrences that strain racial relations, reaching a conclusion that "no one could disagree with" (The New York Times Book Review)

Although we no longer live in a legally segregated society, the division between blacks and whites never seems to go away. We work together, go to school together, and live near each other, but beneath it all there is a level of misunderstanding that breeds mistrust and a level of miscommunication that generates anger. Now in paperback, this is Lena Williams's honest look at the interactions between blacks and whites-the gestures, expressions, tones, and body language that keep us divided.

Frank, funny, and smart, It's the Little Things steps back from academia and takes a candid approach to race relations. Based on her own experiences as well as what she has learned from focus groups across the United States, Lena Williams does for race what Deborah Tannen did for gender. Finally, we have a book that traverses the color lines to help us understand, and eliminate, the alarmingly common interactions that get under the skin of both blacks and whites.

About the Author

Lena Williams, left, is a twenty-five-year veteran of the New York Times. Currently covering sports, she is the senior delegate of the Author's Guild at the New York Times. Her article "It's the Little Things" won the National Association of Black Journalists award for feature writing. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

1. Little Things in Public Places

2. Little Things in the School

3. Little Things in the Home

4. Little Things in the Workplace

5. Little Things in Social Settings

6. Little Things in the Mass Media

7. The White Take

8. It's Not Just a Black/White Thing

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151004072
Subtitle:
Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races
Author:
Williams, Lena
Author:
Williams, 3rd Fr
Author:
Williams, Angela
Author:
Williams, JR. R.
Author:
Williams, Charles
Author:
Williams
Author:
Williams, Anthony
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Whites
Subject:
Social interaction
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
African Americans--Psychology
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
RCP131
Publication Date:
20020107
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.79 lb

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New York Times veteran Lena Williams candidly explores the everyday occurrences that strain racial relations, reaching a conclusion that "no one could disagree with" (The New York Times Book Review)

Although we no longer live in a legally segregated society, the division between blacks and whites never seems to go away. We work together, go to school together, and live near each other, but beneath it all there is a level of misunderstanding that breeds mistrust and a level of miscommunication that generates anger. Now in paperback, this is Lena Williams's honest look at the interactions between blacks and whites-the gestures, expressions, tones, and body language that keep us divided.

Frank, funny, and smart, It's the Little Things steps back from academia and takes a candid approach to race relations. Based on her own experiences as well as what she has learned from focus groups across the United States, Lena Williams does for race what Deborah Tannen did for gender. Finally, we have a book that traverses the color lines to help us understand, and eliminate, the alarmingly common interactions that get under the skin of both blacks and whites.

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