Akiba-zemi (GSP490 F12-S13) Book Review 1 Yukimi Ouchi
January 7, 2013 Book Review on “Where We Stand: Class Matters” In her book "Where We Stand: Class Matters", Bell Hooks address the issues of classism interlocking with racism, white supremacist ideology and sexism in contemporary American culture. Her arguments in this book are greatly tied to her personal experience that she moved up from working class to the upper class as she succeeds in academic life and writing many books. Through this book, the most important point she puts emphasis on is the acknowledgment of the complex interlocking of classism, racism and sexism. Bell Hooks is not a poor working-class any more,
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In the part she talks about segregation, she says, "neighbors tell me the lack of diversity has nothing to do with racism, it's just a matter of class", but I cannot just believe that. Hooks later tells a story that she experienced when looking for an apartment after she got enough money. According to her, all the available buildings she was interested in and only with white residents and white realtors were mysteriously sold by the time she arrived. How could this happen. Although Hooks states that "if buildings and neighborhoods were all whites then that had more to do with class than white supremacy", I cannot understand it. I do not think it is just about racism, but I cannot help but thinking that those white people are so racist and want to keep people of color out of their world. Hooks says they swear that they are not racists, but her experience makes me think that people of color (especially blacks) are "undesirable objects" for them. But I think the way they behave and treat underprivileged people would not change until those racists get consciousness that they are racists, look back what they have done to them, and think if they want or want their family to be treated like that.
The most interesting points that Bell Hooks makes in this book are her perspectives from the influence of mass media, religious aspect, and her experience to live segregated place with family.
She examines how mass media