Whites Confront Racism: Antiracists and Their Paths to Action

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2001 - Social Science - 163 pages
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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. These activists, of both genders and all ages, have arrived at their antiracist commitments through several different yet typical paths. These whites struggle to transform individuals, institutions, and themselves, to varying degrees, incurring risks as well as rewards along the way. Their affiliations with antiracist organizations, or lack thereof, play a crucial role in the differences among them and their approaches to antiracist work. The whites who are involved with antiracist groups come predominantly from either Anti-Racist Action or the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and the contrast between these two groups woven throughout the analysis leads to the conclusion that there are different types of antiracism. Although unity among them may not be possible or even desirable, acceptance of a broader concept of racism by all antiracists is one of the ending suggestions for the future of antiracism.
  

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User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

Probably going over this territory again and again is just fine. I just liked Becky Thompson's book (A Promise and A Way of Life) better. Read full review

Contents

THE NEED FOR ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF WHITENESS
1
I WAS BORN ON RACE STREET HOW WHITES BECOME ANTIRACIST
17
FRAMING WHITE ANTIRACISMS
43
WHAT SHOULD I SAY? INDIVIDUAL ANTIRACIST STRATEGIES
65
FIGHTING THE POWER CHALLENGING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM
87
SUSTAINING THE PERSONAL STRUGGLES OF WHITE ANTIRACISM
105
THE FUTURE OF ANTIRACISMS
133
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ANTIRACIST GROUPS
149
PROFILE OF RESPONDENTS
151
REFERENCES
155
Index
159
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
163
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Eileen O'Brien is professor of sociology at SUNY-Brockport.

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