Painter guides us through the entire history of white people, and she doesn't overly focus on slavery because so many different races and cultures were discriminated against. As we all know, there was a time when the Irish, Italians, Jews, and "others" were denigrated for their otherness; for not fitting the Anglo-Saxon ideal of whiteness. This book is a bit controversial, which I don't understand. White people write about different cultures and races ALL THE TIME. Why can't a black woman write about white people? YOU GO GIRL. I am so over this whole race thing.
Just keep an open mind while reading.