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African People and European Holidays

Ishakamusa Barashango, Afrikan World Books, 1979

Addresses the propriety of Africans celebrating European holidays, examining the racist origins and nature of those holidays within the context of European history, culture, economics and politics.


American Beach: A Saga of Race, Wealth and Memory

Russ Rymer, HarperCollins, 1998.

A journalist documents the story of American Beach, an African American resort on Amelia Island in north Florida, and the family of its founder, Florida’s first black millionaire. An excellent example of how institutional racism and the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow embed themselves in the political, social and economic realities of current day America.


Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century

Dorothy Roberts, The New Press, 2011.

Moving from an account of the evolution of race—proving that it has always been a mutable and socially defined political division supported by mainstream science—Roberts delves deep into the current debates, interrogating the newest science and biotechnology, interviewing its researchers, and exposing the political consequences obscured by the focus on genetic difference.


From Different Shores: Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America 2nd Edition,

Ronald Takaki (ed), Oxford University Press, 1994.

Arranged in debate format, the essays address vital questions: How have the experiences of racial minorities in the United States been similar to and different from each other? Is “race” the same as “ethnicity”? How has culture shaped race and ethnic relations? What has been the relationship between race and class? How can race and gender be compared? Moreover, how can racial inequality be explained, and what public policies or strategies are needed to address it?


Memoirs of a Race Traitor

Mab Segrest, South End Press, 1999.

Essays and narrative grounded in two decades of feminist, gay/lesbian, and anti-racist activism. Exposes the primacy of racism in shaping U.S. history and its constant complication by forces of gender and sexuality. Against a backdrop of nine generations of her family’s history, Mab Segrest explores her experience as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent Far Right movement in North Carolina.


The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, and Transforming Democracy

Lani Guinier, Harvard University Press, 2003.

According to Guiner & Torres, given the complex relation- ship between race and power in America, engaging race means engaging standard winner-take-all hierarchies of power as well. Terming their concept “political race,” they call for the building of grass-roots, cross-racial coalitions to remake those structures of power.



Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance: Theoretical Perspectives on Racism, Sexism, and Heterosexism esp. Lewis R. Gordon’s Chapter 10, Section 30, “Race, Biraciality, and Mixed Race –In Theory,”

Lisa Heldke and Peg O’Connor, McGraw Hill, 2003.

Presents the phenomena of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism as interlocking systems of oppression. Resting on this oppression model are two sets of theories, one concerned with the phenomenon of privilege–the companion of oppression–and the other with resistance–the response to oppression.


Race and Ethnic Conflict: Contending View on Prejudice, Discrimination and Ethnoviolence 2nd Edition

Fred L. Pincus and Howard J. Ehrlich, eds., Westview Press, 1998.

Very academic, but a good reference book. Contributors tackle a wide array of issues which plague the country today-from discrimination and immigration to education and politics-and ask how we can affect change as we move into the twenty-first century.


Race Matters

Cornell West, Beacon Press, 2001.

West analyzes such subjects as nihilism in black America, the crisis of black leadership, affirmative action, black-Jewish relations, sexuality, and the legacy of Malcolm X.


Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations 2nd Edition

Joe R. Feagin, Routledge, 2010.

Ideologically, race was not a major consideration in human endeavors until the beginning of the European slave trade in the 1400s, but some 300 years later, it had become a major cornerstone of intellectual thought–dominated by such thinkers as Locke, Kant, and Hegel.


Shattered Bonds: The Color Of Child Welfare

Dorothy Roberts, Basic Civitas Books, 2003

Examines how the myth of biological concept of race—revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases—continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly “post-racial” era.



Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal

Andrew Hacker, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003.

A searing analysis of the impact of racism against African-Americans on black and white people.


White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories

ed. Thompson Cooper, Emmett Shaefer and Harry Brod, Duke University Press, 2003

A highly personal examination of the ways in which racial privilege shapes the lives of most white Americans, overtly racist or not, to the detriment of people of color, themselves and society. The book shows the breadth and depth of the phenomenon within institutions such as education, employment, housing, criminal justice and healthcare.



White Racism: The Basics 2nd Edition

Joe R. Feagin and Hernán Vera, Routledge, New York, 2000.

Excellent update of the connection between white skin privilegeand racism. Good examples of institutional racism and its impact on individuals.


Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Bahavior

Marimba Ani, Africa World Press, 1994.

Yurugu removes the mask from the European facade and thereby reveals the inner workings of global white supremacy: a system which functions to guarantee the control of Europe and her descendants over the majority of the world’s peoples.




A Primer on Intersectionality,”  African American Policy Forum, (n.d.).

In cases where race, gender, sexual identity and class work together to limit access to social goods such as employment, fair immigration, healthcare, child care, or education, it is essential that social justice interventions be grounded in an understanding of how these factors operate together.


“Creating a Unified Voice for Opportunity: An Analysis of Qualitative Research Exploring Perceptions of Race,” Meg Bostrom, The Frameworks Institute, 2005.

Examines how the language of race discrimination that was instrumental in altering public perceptions and advancing significant civil rights reforms throughout much of the 20th Century is not effective in building support for the policies needed to address today’s racial disparities.


“The Dangers of Not Speaking About Race: A Summary of Research Affirming the Merits of a Color-Conscious Approach to Racial Communica- tion and Equity,” P. Mazzocco, Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, 2006.

Summarizes the findings of a study assessing the relative efficacy of color-conscious and color-blind approaches to promoting racial equity.


“Economic Recovery for Everyone: Racial Equity and Prosperity,” The Center for Social Inclusion, March/April 2009, Volume 18, Number 2 issue of Poverty & Race.

Explains how to invest in equity.


“FAQ: Structural Racism,” Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, (n.d.).

A short description of structural racism.


“From the Roots: Building the Power of Communities of Color to Challenge Structural Racism,” Akonadi Foundation, 2010.

A progress report on the first ten years at Akonadi Foundation: Shares how Akonadi is thinking about and acting to address structural racism; highlights the leadership of grassroots communities of color; and contributes to other grantmakers’ evolving understanding of structural racism.


“Moving a Racial Justice Agenda: Naming and Framing Racism,” Western States Center, 2001.

To name & frame racism is to explicitly and publicly use language and analysis that describes an issue as a matter of racial justice. This article provides suggestions for how to do so.


“Navigating Transformation: Uncertainty and Fear of the Unknown,” Part 2-Leadership Challenges from “More than Words: A Description of the Foundation for the Mid South’s Organizational Transformation Emphasizing Racial, Social and Economic Equity,” George Penick, The Foundation for the Mid South, (n.d.).

Reflections on the leadership challenges that chief executive officers must negotiate as they work with both boards and staff throughout the transformation process.


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.


“Post Racialism or Targeted Univeralism,” john a. powell, Denver University Law Review 86, 2009.

In the wake of the election of Barack Obama, powell addresses questions such as how are we to understand racial conditions in society, and what is the proper role of public policy and law for addressing or avoiding racial questions? powell asserts these questions about where we are as a society on the issue of race are not just factual or descriptive, but are deeply political, having implications for how and when we respond to existing racial conditions and the scope of our collective obligations.


Questions for Grantmakers: Understanding How Structural Racism Affects Grantees,” Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues, 2009.

A case study generates a simple chart showing funders what questions they need to ask when considering how and what to fund.




Applied Research Center (ARC) is a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism.  ARC is built on rigorous research and creative use of new technology.  ARC is the publisher of and the sponsor of the Facing Race Conference.


Color of Change  Using the Internet, Color of Change enables members to speak in unison, with an amplified political voice, keeping them informed about the most pressing issues for Black people in America and gives them ways to act.


Robert Jensen  is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and has addressed questions of race through a critique of white privilege and institutionalized racism.


Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.


Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society  Led by john a. powell, an internationally recognized authority in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, and issues relating to race, ethnicity, poverty and the law, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley brings together researchers, stakeholders, policymakers, and communicators to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change.

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