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Book Review: Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America by Rich Benjamin

Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America

By Rich Benjamin

Hyperion; 354 pages

It sounds like a recipe for a riot: an inquisitive black writer journeying into some of the most segregated neighborhoods in the country. But Benjamin, a journalist with a Ph.D. in literature from Stanford, pulls off his quest with good cheer. He is invited into the homes and churches of what he calls "Whitopias": melanin-deficient exurbs and towns that have grown at least 6% since 2000, as whites have fled more ethnically diverse areas. "They are creating communal pods that cannily preserve a...

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