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White utopias conflates


Jordana Rosenfeld’s book review of White Utopias shows some serious confusion (October 2020).  Rosenfeld’s language conflates spiritual growth with the trendy issues of social justice.

I can answer the question posed by the review’s title — “Is spiritual growth possible without confronting whiteness?” — in one word:  Yes. That’s because spiritual growth has nothing to do with confrontation. In fact, it has no social, racial, intellectual, academic or political prerequisites in order for it to occur. 

Avram Chetron
Ashland, Oregon