good · white · racist \ noun
- A well-intentioned person of European descent who is nonetheless complicit in a culture of systemic racism
- A white person who would rather stay comfortable than do the work of antiracism
When it comes to race, most white Americans are obsessed with two things: defending our own inherent goodness and maintaining our own comfort levels. Too often, this means white people assume that to be racist, one has to be openly hateful and willfully discriminatory—you know, a bad person. And we know we're good, Christian people, right? But you don’t have to be wearing a white hood or shouting racial epithets to be complicit in America’s racist history and its ongoing systemic inequality.
In Good White Racist?, Kerry Connelly exposes the ways white people participate in, benefit from, and unknowingly perpetuate racism—despite their best "good person" intentions. Good White Racist? unpacks the systems that maintain the status quo, keep white people comfortable and complicit, and perpetuate racism in the United States and elsewhere. Combining scholarly research with her trademark New Jersey snark, Connelly shows us that even though it may not be our fault or choice to participate in a racist system, we all do, and it’s our responsibility to do something about it.
is a writer; Certified Life Coach; author of the no-nonsense blog Jerseygirl, JESUS; and host of the podcast White on White, which reimagines white identity apart from pseudo-supremacy. She is currently pursuing an MDiv at Christian Theological Seminary. She lives in New Jersey with her family.