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Whites Confront Racism : Antiracists and Their Paths to Action - Eileen O'Brien

Whites Confront Racism

Antiracists and Their Paths to Action

Paperback Published: 28th January 2001
ISBN: 9780742515826
Number Of Pages: 160

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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.

In this brilliant and pioneering book, O'Brien provides the first study of antiracist activists. Using innovative field research, O'Brien shows how individual and group acts of resistance are critical to challenging persisting racism in the U.S. She explores how groups like the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond and Anti-Racist Action are working to help local citizens, officials, and community activists to better understand diversity and undo racism in their own lives and organizations.--Joe R. Feagin, author of The First R

Prefacep. ix
The Need for Alternative Models of Whitenessp. 1
"I Was Born on Race Street"--How Whites Become Antiracistp. 17
Framing White Antiracismsp. 43
What Should I Say?--Individual Antiracist Strategiesp. 65
Fighting the Power--Challenging Institutional Racismp. 87
Sustaining the Personal Struggles of White Antiracismp. 105
The Future of Antiracismsp. 133
Contact Information for Antiracist Groupsp. 149
Profile of Respondentsp. 151
Referencesp. 155
Indexp. 159
About the Authorp. 163
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ISBN: 9780742515826
ISBN-10: 0742515826
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 28th January 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 14.78  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.26