The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives

David Mura ’74, University of Minnesota Press, January 2023

The police murders of two Black men, Philando Castile and George Floyd, frame this searing exploration of the historical and fictional narratives that white America tells itself to justify and maintain white supremacy. Mura unmasks how white stories about race attempt to erase the brutality of the past and underpin systemic racism in the present. Mura’s previous works include Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality, and Identity.

Edited June 27, 2023 to correct a staff editing error. The article incorrectly stated that George Floyd was fatally shot by police. George Floyd died after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police officers. We apologize for the error.