Network Book ForumMay 12 2022

Nice White Ladies

Jessie Daniels,

Mutale Nkonde, and Sareeta Amrute

“When we take a gender-only lens, and don’t have race at the center…our understanding of feminism is inevitably mapped onto white supremacy.”  —Jessie Daniels

In a nation deeply divided by race, the “Karens” of the world are easy to villainize. But in her book Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We Can Help Dismantle It, Jessie Daniels addresses the unintended complicity of even well-meaning white women — and reveals how their everyday choices harm communities of color. Daniels considers a feminism that pushes women of color aside, and a wellness industry that insulates white women in a bubble of their own privilege.

Charting a better path forward, Daniels looks to the white women who fight neo-Nazis online and in the streets, and who challenge all-white spaces, from workplaces to schools to neighborhoods. In the end, she shows how her fellow white women can work toward true equality for all.

On May 12, Daniels discussed her book and its implications at Data & Society’s Network Book Forum series, with Mutale Nkonde, founder and CEO of AI for the People and a 2018–2019 D&S fellow; and Sareeta Amrute, D&S principal researcher and Race and Tech program director.


Credits and Acknowledgments

Producer: Nazelie Doghramadjian

Editorial: Eryn Loeb

Social Media: Alessa Erawan

Web: Chris Redwood

Post-Production: Kara Constantine

Special thanks to Rigoberto Lara Guzmán for curatorial and engagement support. Additional support was provided by Data & Society’s Network Engagement, Accounting, and Strategy teams.