White American racism is an inspiration for racists globally, but it is also one of the great puzzles for people in other countries… ranging from illiterate peasants to distinguished professors [and the working-class]… I speculate that around the world White American racism is considered to be at least as typical a feature of life in the United States as is American wealth. People in other countries measure their own local experiences of racism against what they believe to be American patterns, deplore the global influence of American racism, and wonder how it is that American life can encompass such a contradictory combination of the best and worst in human nature.
–Jane Hill, The Everyday Language of White Racism
That’s a notion: that the US is a global leader, setting the gold standard for racism.
Just started Hill’s book. Also on my to-read list: Joan Walsh’s What’s the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a
Golden Age That Never Was.
What have you read or are reading now?