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It s the Little Things Everyday Interactions That Anger Annoy and Divide the Races 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 Altho

  • Title: It's the Little Things: Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races
  • Author: Lena Williams Charlayne Hunter-Gault
  • ISBN: 9780156013482
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • It's the Little Things: Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races By Lena Williams Charlayne Hunter-Gault, 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 nearNew 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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    1. After decades of reporting for the Times, Lena Williams has written an insightful, broad, and personal book about the interactions between white Americans and black Americans that seem minor but stem from larger current issues or bloodier past events Told largely through anecdotes, with the occasional history lesson or sweeping generalization.This book is fascinating, not least because it makes it cleaer that there is no One Right Answer to any race related problem Williams rightly bemoans the r [...]

    2. In some ways, the things this book is about don t matter they are little things, not jobs or marriages or homes But in other ways, these are incredibly important they are the actions and interactions that, through their accretion, can make up the better part of everyday fabric of relations between the races The book also illustrates how each of the seemingly small things is an artifact of past injustices or racist contexts Like the tip of iceberg, each small thing has grown from a darker evil In [...]

    3. This is a worthy book, if only to start a conversation that needs to happen But, Williams generalizations admittedly good book copy are not necessarily good journalism good reporting Whites can t bear to look us in the eye without feeling guilty 27 Sorry, but this doesn t apply Does this mean I m not really white Or, am I amoral Each time a white American places a piece of African art in his or her home, he or she is showing an appreciation for African black culture 73 As a military brat, I m op [...]

    4. I bought this book on the spur of the moment at a used bookstore Many months later, in need of something engaging but light to read, I picked it up It s the Little Things purports to be an intimate look at how white people and black people in the United States perceive each other and, so often, rub each another the wrong way in everyday social interactions And while race relations in this country could hardly be considered a light topic, something about the way the book was packaged, from the fr [...]

    5. I had mixed feelings about this book I read reviews suggesting that it should have had a different title, and I sort of agree, because all but one chapter is written from the black perspective It s all anecdotal, and the author makes what appear to be some pretty big leaps and assumptions and generalizations That being said, I found it to be a valuable book, and I m glad that I read it Race is such a hard topic to talk about, and this book gave me some good things to think about and some good pe [...]

    6. It s been a while since I read this book, but every time I think about it, my opinion of it drops even lower I d call it the worst book on race relations that I ve ever read, were it actually a book an race relations and not, in fact, a collection of blog quality rants about things that bother the author and her friends family.My favorite part was when it was decided that an influx of Eastern European immigrants was the result of the American government importing white people.

    7. Informative book, makes one think, and just reinforces me to just not talk about this topic Right now I feel the need to apologize to several people Oh, the one factoid I did get from this book that I am willing to mention is this asking someone what high school they went to IS NOT JUST a ST LOUIS thing We have a long way to go, America.

    8. I first read this book when I moved to Tennessee, which is about 5 6 years ago Since I didn t grow up in a predominantly black environment, this book has been eye opening It helps me to better understand the divide and misunderstandings between the races.

    9. 3.5 stars I thought this book did a great job touching on such a wide variety of topics that are sensitive to the races, and the things that are often hard for people to talk about It was broken down well into broad areas, like public places, school, home, workplace, social settings, and mass media Written in 2000, it might be a little dated, but I suspect not too much.My two small quibbles were that 1 parts of it felt pretty choppy This was somewhat related to the nature of the topic Essentiall [...]

    10. An interesting take on race relations The book was published in 2000, but most of the pop culture references and anecdotes are from the 90 s I hope that a lot of what Williams describes reflects the fact that she comes from an older generation she s at least 10 years older than my parents It s a pretty long list, which can be summed up as, you know what really grinds my gears Some of it was enlightening Her personal pet peeve of white women who shake their hair definitely had me confused What I [...]

    11. I agree with what another reviewer said there were some pretty broad generalizations made that I don t find to be true for me or most white Americans I know e.g that we don t look black people in the eyes because we feel guilt over historical injustices One part really had me shaking my head, though it was a quote of Camille Cosby where she said that her son s murderer, an immigrant from Ukraine, must have learned his hatred of black people from America because he couldn t possibly have learned [...]

    12. A colleague loaned me his copy of this book, and I was halfway done by the end of the day I found the book to be eye opening and compelling On the one hand, I want to think We re all much alike than different However, that s completely dismissing hundreds of years of history and assumes that systematic discrimination isn t going to have much of an impact on one group of people or another It s the Little Things is based on dozens of forums between racially diverse groups sharing issues small and [...]

    13. Content Note for this book racist violence discussedAs far as books on this topic from 2000 go this is pretty good I can imagine using many parts of this for a course workshop I appreciate that she didn t try to make everything even handed as white people it s our job to recognize and acknowledge that after hundreds of years of discriminating against PoC it isn t an even situation where the little things are evenly balanced where every micro aggression has an equal and opposite micro aggression [...]

    14. I had ample warning from that I might be angered, that the author was expressing her views and her version of Black views than anything else, and I was ok with that Some of her points were surprising who knew a white woman flipping her hair could trigger so much anger and hurt Some were frustrating white people are seen as either ignoring and devaluing black culture, or appropriating it There s no middle, healing ground I came away thinking two things need to happen to heal the black white raci [...]

    15. Although at the time I read this book, the subtitle was The Everyday Interactions That Get Under the Skin of Black and Whites , the essence of the book remains the same As a white woman, I considered myself to be well educated about African Americans and our relationships until I read this book I could definitely identify with some of the issues the author described, but others were a complete surprise to me What I liked the most, however, was that she presented these in a non judgmental way, su [...]

    16. Overall, this book presents one view point while valid because it is one persons point of view there are many things that white people just can t control She presented an example of a white women swishing their hair or running their fingers through their hair in and elevator She presented this as an example of how white people simply irritate and annoy black people The whole book seemed to be filled with this I hoped to read this and gain a new understanding, a way to help make things better I w [...]

    17. I read this book for black history month and i really liekd it Its about how the the interactions of black and white people get under both races skin everyday It talked about the little things that you wouldnt neccasariy think are offensive I learned that sometimes its considered rude for a white person to run their hands though their hair infront of a black person I would never have learned about that if i hadnt read this book You should definitly read this if you want to become a racially edu [...]

    18. Racial issues and relationships have been on my mind lately, so when I spotted this book I swooped it up I learned a lot from New York Times reporter Lena William s book about the little things that cause daily stresses between blacks and whites I had no idea that things like white women tossing their hair not moving out of their face, but hair tossing like Glinda in Wicked could cause such tension and resentment I didn t agree with all of the author s opinions but was very impressed with her wi [...]

    19. How can one write a book that discusses racial divisions that doesn t seem to be divisive It was challenging for me to read many parts of this book as the author commented on things that I do to further racial divisions e.g by wearing sweatpants to the grocery, I m showing off that I am privileged enough to not have to care about what I look like in public , but then again, I m in the majority, so what do I know Even to me a pretty liberal liberal , it seemed a little oversensitive, but that in [...]

    20. 38 5 10 09 It s the Little Things Everyday Interactions that Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races by Lena Williams I m not sure yet what I think of this book Usually I like to read books about race written by people of color, but I m not sure if it s the book itself or just my reaction to it that is off I guess I felt like most of it was full of duh for me And the parts about things black people do that annoy white people just seemed like it was full of generalizations Still I can definitely think [...]

    21. I agree with many of the other reviews it wasn t terrible But the title is misleading The title makes it seem like there will be equal black and white commentary However, the entire book is from black perspective and then the 1 chapter towards the end has the white perspective Nothing wrong with writing it that way, but the title should be changed to show what the book is actually about.However, it was interesting.

    22. WOW This one s a doozy I actually found myself getting mad while reading this I guess the simplest way to state it is to say that 1 I think the author s life experiences have made her bitter and 2 I wonder how relevant this book is to blacks or whites in the 15 40 age group and those who did not experience segregation

    23. Being a lover of fiction, my shelf isn t overflowing with nonfiction books This is one of only two books that I purchased immediately after hearing the author on a talk show I was that impressed with the author and the subject matter.This book is full of who knew Aha and I never thought about that moments.

    24. Well written and thought out treatment of a sensitive subject Considering what is happening in today s political landscape it is a subject that needs to be, I want to say revisited, but I don t think that the coversation on race has taken place Notice, conversation, not speech, not onesided comments, but a true and open dialogue.

    25. When I picked up this book, I already agreed wholeheartedly with it The title itself made me say YESYESYES The book itself was a little bit disappointing though Maybe it just didn t couldn t live up to how much I felt it should make the point I think the main point is very true, and she offers some good examples, but I had a few other issues with the book.

    26. The honest book about whites and blacks nowadays in USA For many things written in this book I have asked my black american friends if it s true and they have always confirmed and so did my white american friends Surprising facts about the race and how in america still exist two worlds.

    27. Not a scientific look into the reasons why little things behaviours, culture, etc divide the races but little day to day vignettes of activities that highlight the differences and misunderstandings between them It s a fairly quick read For whites, it may challenge how we truly are.

    28. This was interesting concept but I learned from my own friends after I told them I was reading this book There are lots of stereotypes Bottom line if you want to know about your friends, ask them I suppose it s a good conversation starter

    29. Great book Read straight through Now I m going to read something else before re reading this one The I know, the I realize I don t know And ignorance isn t bliss it s just ignorant I don t want to be ignorant.

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