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And Don’t Call Me a Racist!

Ella Mazel, Creative Commons, 2005.

A treasury of quotes on the past, present, and future of the color line in America, selected and arranged by Ella Mazel, Argonaut Press, Lexington MA 1998. In the words of both blacks and whites, you will find the stark contrast between the “incalculable” advantages of being born white and the “all-consuming” burden of being born black.

 

Becoming and Unbecoming White: Owning and Disowning a Racial Identity
(Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series), Christine Clark and James O’Donnell, Praeger, 1999.

By engaging readers in a thoughtful analysis of Whiteness and its connection to critical and inclusive teaching, the authors in this book highlight both the transformative power and the potentially limiting nature of the discourse of Whiteness.

 

Breaking the Code of Good Intentions: Everyday Forms of Whiteness
Melanie E. L. Bush and Joe R. Feagin, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004.

Examines why most white people in the U.S. believe we have achieved racial equality even though social and economic indicators suggest otherwise. Bush’s analysis of almost a thousand interviews and other discussions with students unveils what she calls ‘cracks’ in the wall of whiteness, circumstances that can foster understanding about systemic and racialized patterns of inequality.

 

Constraint of Race: Legacies of White Skin Privilege in America
Linda Faye Williams, Pennsylvania State University
Press, 2004.

Discusses the evolution of American social policy and the racial politics shaping it by focusing on white privilege. Render- ing the benefits of “white skin privilege” more visible will help undermine its acceptance as “normal” and motivate renewed efforts toward achieving a more just and equitable society.

 

Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror

Richard Delgado, Temple University Press, 1997.
Examines questions such as: How was whiteness invented, and why? How has the category whiteness changed over time? Why did some immigrant groups, such as the Irish and Jews, start out as nonwhite and later become white[? Can some individual people be both white and nonwhite at different times, and what does it mean to “pass for white”? At what point does pride in being white cross the line into white power or white supremacy? What can whites concerned over racial inequity or white privilege do about it?

 

Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building
Maggie Potapchuk, Sally Leiderman, Barbara Major, and Donna Bivens, MP Associates, Inc. and the Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD), 2005.
Suggests new ways of thinking and acting, to share solutions where there are some, and to raise questions that challenge anyone doing anti-racism work to help those involved in improving communities to work in more equitable and thoughtful partnerships with community residents and other stakeholders, with special attention to issues of privilege, oppression, racism, and power.

 

The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege
Robert Jensen, City Lights Publishers, 2005.
In The Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. DuBois wrote that the question whites wanted to ask him was “How does it feel to be a problem?” Jensen writes that it is time for white people in America to self-consciously reverse the direction of that question and to fully acknowledge that, in the racial arena, they are the problem.

 

Impacts of Racism on White Americans

2nd Edition, Benjamin P. Bowser and Raymond G. Hunt (eds)., SAGE Publications, Inc., 1996.
Challenging the popularly held view that racism is disappearing as a social phenomenon, Hunt and Bowser reexamine the questions proposed by their first edition and note that one decade later little has changed. This stimulating collection of original papers focuses on the new ways in which white Americans act out racism and weighs the advantages and disadvantages that whites experience from racism.

 

Lifting the White Veil: An Exploration of White American Culture in a Multiracial Context
Jeff, Hitchcock, Crandall, Dostie & Douglas Books, Inc., 2003.

A straight forward, no nonsense, no guilt, no blame book to help white people understand and explore what it means to be White in America.

 

Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Derald Wing Sue.
An insightful, scholarly, and thought-provoking analysis of the existence of subtle, often unintentional biases, and their profound impact on members of traditionally disadvantaged groups.

 

Off White: Readings on Race, Power and Society

Michelle Fine, Routledge, 1996.

Making the claim that “white is a color,” Off White brings a much-needed analysis of the white racialization process to the multicultural discussion.

 

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics

Revised and Expanded Edition, George Lipsitz Temple University Press, 2006.

Argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment. Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while imposing impediments to asset accumulation, employment, housing, and health care for minorities. Reaching beyond the black/white binary, Lipsitz shows how whiteness works in respect to Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

 

Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups
Diane J. Goodman, Sage Publications, Inc., 2000.
This book offers educational and psychological perspectives to inform practice and increase options in addressing conflict situations. The first part of the book helps the educator understand the reasons for resistance and ways to prevent it. The second part explains how educators motivate dominant groups to support social justice.

Privilege, Power, and Difference

2nd Edition, Allan G. Johnson, McGraw-Hill, 2005.

A very readable book on oppression and privilege that covers race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and disability. Has a good chapter on “What Can We Do?”

 

Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race
Frances E. Kendall, Routledge, 2012.
Kendall here urges readers to consider how race can frame our experiences, relationships and the way in which we see the world, and offers suggestions for how differences of opportunity can be overcome. Focusing on racial privilege, the book explores sensitive issues through numerous stories and anecdotes.

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
Revised Ed., Tim Wise, Soft Skull Press, 2011.
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 Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism
2nd Edition, Paula S. Rothenberg, Worth Publishers, 2004.

Studies of racism often focus on its devastating effects on the victims of prejudice. But no discussion of race is complete without exploring the other side--the ways in which some people or groups actually benefit, deliberately or inadvertently, from racial bias.

 

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It
Shelly Tochluk, R&L Education, 2010.
Invites readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations. The author illustrates how racial discomfort leads white people toward poor relationships with people of color. Concluding chapters offer practical information on building knowledge, skills, capacities, and communities that support anti-racism practices.

Articles

 

“Dreaming of a Self Beyond Whiteness and Isolation,”  john a. powell, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Volume 18, 2005.

 

"Where are the White Folks? Your Sympathy is Not Solidarity," Ewuare X. Osayande, August 5, 2013

 

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,”  Peggy McIntosh, essay excerpted from Working Paper 189. “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming To See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies,” 1988.
Now famous within anti-racism circles, McIntosh presents a clear understanding of white privilege.

 

"White Privilege: An Account to Spend," Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., 2009

 

“Whites Will Be Whites: The Failure to Interrogate Racial Privilege,”  john a. powell, University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 34, Number 3, 2000.

 

Videos

 

The Color of Fear

Produced by Lee Mun Wah, Stir Fry Productions, 1994. 90 minutes.
A provocative film of a multi-racial group of men discussing race and racism. [Not recommended for introductory workshops–requires preparation and follow-up processing]

 

Free Indeed

Produced by the Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, 21 S 12th Street, Akron, PA 17501, (717) 859- 1151, 1996. 30 minutes
A drama about white privilege for “beginners.”

 

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

Produced and directed by Dr. Shakti Bugler, World Trust Educational Services, 2006, 50 minutes.
A documentary which features the experiences of white women and men who have worked to gain insight into what it means to challenge notions of racism and white supremacy in the United States.

 

“True Colors: Racial Discrimination in Everyday Life”
Part 1 of 2, A 10-minute YouTube documentary produced by Prime Time Live, 1991.
A hidden camera follows two men with equal credentials–one white and one African-American–as they shop, look for an apartment, try to apply for jobs.

 

True Colors: Racial Discrimination in Everyday Life”
Part 2 of 2. 10 minute conclusion of Prime Time Live segment, 1991.

 

“White Shaman and Plastic Medicine Men”

CorpCorax, 2008.

An 8-minute YouTube documentary dealing with the popularization and commercialization of Native American spiritual traditions by Non-Indians.

 

Website

 

Tim Wise  is among the most prominent white anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S.

 

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