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Interview: White Metropolis

By Sam Baker, KERA 90.1 Reporter

Dallas, TX –

Power brokers throughout Dallas history liked to portray the city as a progressive and pro-business city that managed to avoid racial, class and ethnic struggles found in other Southern cities. Not so says Dr. Michael Phillips, a researcher for the Center for American History at U-T Austin. In his new book, White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, 18-41 to 2001, the former Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter writes those struggles were common throughout Dallas. But that business leaders maintained their desired image for the city and their power base through the creation of a white racial identity - a concept Phillips refers to through the book as "whiteness".