The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives by David Mura
From University of Minnesota Press:
Uncovering the pernicious narratives white people create to justify white supremacy and sustain racist oppression
From the country’s founding through the summer of Black Lives Matter in 2020, David Mura unmasks how white stories about race attempt to erase the brutality of the past and underpin systemic racism in the present. Mura shows how deeply we need to change our racial narratives to dissolve the myth of Whiteness and fully acknowledge the experiences of Black Americans.
"More than anything, David Mura reminds us that history is still just a story, and life and death lie in who gets to tell it and what’s been told. This is a reexamination of the American imagination itself and the myths we need to dismantle for a proper foundation to finally grow. It’s fearless, illuminating, and revolutionary."—Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Booker Prize