SEARCHING FOR WHITOPIA:
An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.
By Rich Benjamin.
Hyperion. 354 pp. $24.99
Between 2007 and 2009, the young African-American political commentator Rich Benjamin spent much of his time living a suburban fantasy—posing as a home buyer researching high-end properties, living in fashionable condominiums and gated communities, and studying with professional trainers to sharpen his golf game. His foray into enclaves of wealth and comfort might seem a mere vacation if it weren’t also a sociological study. “Statistics can tell you only so much,” he explains at the outset. “Understanding...