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Memoir of a race traitor : fighting racism in the American South

Author: Mab Segrest
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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Back in print after more than a decade, the singular chronicle of life at the forefront of antiracist activism, with a new introduction and afterword by the author. In 1994, Mab Segrest first explained how she "had become a woman haunted by the dead." Against a backdrop of nine generations of her family's history, Segrest explored her experiences in the 1980s as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent  Read more...
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Named Person: Mab Segrest; Mab Segrest
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mab Segrest
ISBN: 9781620972991 1620972999
OCLC Number: 1084619318
Notes: "Originally published in the United States by South End Press, Boston, 1994." --Title page verso.
Description: xxv, 319 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword to the new edition --
Foreword to the original edition --
Memoir of a race traitor --
Osceola's head --
The typical american democracy --
Statesville --
Coming out --
Bad blood --
The white patriot party --
Mama --
Robeson, bloody robeson --
Take what you need --
The bookstore murders --
A journey we make daily --
Epilogue --
On being white and other lies: a history of racism in the united states --
Commerce capitalism: "So great a supply exhausted in so short a time . . ." --
Industrial capitalism: "Slavery is nothing compared to it . . ." --
Finance capitalism: "nothing we could do but take them all . . ." --
A bridge, not a wedge --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Mab Segrest.

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Back in print after more than a decade, the singular chronicle of life at the forefront of antiracist activism, with a new introduction and afterword by the author. In 1994, Mab Segrest first explained how she "had become a woman haunted by the dead." Against a backdrop of nine generations of her family's history, Segrest explored her experiences in the 1980s as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent far-right movement in North Carolina. Memoir of a Race Traitor became a classic text of white antiracist practice. bell hooks called it a "courageous and daring [example of] the reality that political solidarity, forged in struggle, can exist across differences." Adrienne Rich wrote that it was "a unique document and thoroughly fascinating." Juxtaposing childhood memories with contemporary events, Segrest described her journey into the heart of her culture, finally veering from its trajectory of violence toward hope and renewal. Now, amid our current national crisis driven by an increasingly apocalyptic white supremacist movement, Segrest returns with an updated edition of her classic book. With a new introduction and afterword that explore what has transpired with the far right since its publication, the book brings us into the age of Trump--and to what can and must be done. Called "a true delight" and a "must-read" (Minnesota Review), Memoir of a Race Traitor is an inspiring and politically potent book. With brand-new power and relevance in 2019, this is a book that far transcends its genre.

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