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Books

 

A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America
David K. Shipler, Vintage, 1998.
A long book based on interviews with dozens of black and white individuals who speak honestly about the complexities of race and racism in the U.S. Documents the silences that prevail, the listening that doesn’t happen, the conversations that don’t take place, but crowded with black people and white people who struggle in their daily lives to do just that.

 

Never Say Nigger Again! An Antiracism Guide for White Liberals
M Garlinda Burton, James C. Winston Publishing Co., 1994.

An easy-to-read, frank discussion of the most common misunderstandings and mistakes of well-meaning white people; helps readers understand and address unintentional, unconscious racism.

 

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An An- thology of Racism, Anti-Semitism, Sexism, Hetero- sexism, Ableism and Classism
Maurianne Adams (ed), Routledge, 2000.

Covers six thematic issues: racism, sexism, Anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism. The reader contains a
mix of short personal and theoretical essays as well as entries designed to challenge students to take action to end oppressive behavior and to affirm diversity and racial justice.

 

The Trouble with Friendships: Why Americans Can’t Think Straight About Race
Benjamin DeMott, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1996.
In short, the book deals with the creed of “friendship orthodoxy” which is being pushed as the panacea for eradicating racism.

 

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
Paul Kivel, New Society Publishers,1995.
A book for white anti-racists which makes the connections between racism and other forms of oppression.

 

Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream 
Robert Jensen, Peter Lang Publishing, 2005.
Illustrated by the author’s own opinion columns published in daily newspapers, Writing Dissent explains how journalists work and how activists can successfully work with them.

 

Whites Confront Racism: Antiracists and their Paths to Action
Eileen O’Brien, Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
This book asserts the distinctive place that whites can take in the fight for racial justice, bringing together interviews with white antiracist activists from across North America. Avoiding the typical white options of being nonracist or feeling guilty, these whites demonstrate the multitude of ways whites can be proactive in combating modern racism.

 

Cloudsplitter

Russell Banks, Harper Perennial, First Edition, 1999

A fictionalized account of the story of John Brown, it contains some of the most brutally honest passages anywhere about racism and how deeply it is embedded in the minds of even the most radical white anti-racists.

 

 

Articles

 

“Barriers to Organization Between Anti-Racist White People,” Joanie Mayer, from Missing Piece Antiracist White Women in Conflict and Collaboration, unpublished MA thesis, 1997.

Discusses what keeps white people from working together on antiracism.

 

“Disrupting the Discourse: Framing at the Intersection of Racism and Opportunity,”  Makani Themba-Nixon, The Praxis Project, 2005.
If progressives remain silent about race, they not only concede the race frame to the right – they concede all of the issues that conservatives successfully racialize.

 

“On the Ground: Struggles and Lessons for Anti-Racism Work,” Mark Patrick George, Project Change, 2007.
Focuses on underlying problems 21st century social justice work faces and how to overcome them.

 

Websites

 

Catalyst Project  is a center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area, committed to anti-racist work in majority white sections of left social movements.  Catalyst programs prioritize leadership development, supporting grassroots fighting organizations and multiracial alliance building.

 

Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD)  CAPD’s mission is to help foundations, community collaborations and organizations and governments and public systems craft and execute thoughtful responses to pressing social issues. The central theme of our work is positive social change and our goal is to help those we work with develop their capacity to make change.

 

Center for the Study of White American Culture (CSWAC)  CSWAC is a multiracial organization of educators and practitioners and a New Jersey nonprofit corporation. Together they bring a collective body of knowledge and experience in theoretical and applied social science, social justice, race and ethnicity, and organizational training and development.

 

Challenging White Supremacy (CWS) workshop organizers believe that the most effective way to create fundamental social change in the U.S. is by building mass-based, multi-racial grassroots movements led by radical activists of color and that the major barrier to creating these movements is racism or white supremacy. CWS has worked in the broad-based radical, multi-racial community of the Bay Area since 1993.

 

EdChange is a team of passionate, experienced, established, educators dedicated to equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. With this shared vision, they have joined to collaborate in order to develop resources, workshops, and projects that contribute to progressive change in ourselves, our schools, and our society.

 

Edge of Sports Dave Zirin is the News Editor of the Prince George’s Post, for which he writes the weekly column, Edge of Sports. He is best known for his infusing his leftist politics into his sportswriting with great humor.

 

Paul Kivel  is a social justice educator, activist, and writer whose mission is to use his teaching, mentoring, writing, and activism to provide a wide variety of accessible educational and training opportunities and materials in different media, languages, and formats that help provide people with a vocabulary, a framework, and critical thinking skills to increase their capacity for being active in struggles for social justice.

 

Open Society Institute – Baltimore focuses its work exclusively on three intertwined problems: untreated drug addiction, an overreliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth in succeeding inside and outside the classroom.

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