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Uprooting racism : how white people can work for racial justice

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  • 305.8 K627 2011 (OSH)

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Rev. and expanded 3rd ed.

Publication Information

Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers, 2011.

Physical Description

xxiii, 327 pages : 1 illustration, portrait ; 23 cm


Now completely revised and updated, this book provides suggestions, tools, examples and advice to help white people work for equal opportunity, democracy and justice. This expanded third edition directly engages the reader through questions, exercises and suggestions for action, and takes a detailed look at current issues such as affirmative action, immigration an health care. It also provides information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed-heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latino.


  • "Only justice can put out the fire"
  • What color is white?
  • Let's talk
  • "I'm not white"
  • "I'm not racist"
  • What is whiteness?
  • Words and pictures
  • White benefits, middle-class privilege
  • White benefits? A personal assessment
  • The economic pyramid
  • The costs of racism to people of color
  • The culture of power
  • Entitlement
  • The costs of racism to white people
  • Retaining benefits, avoiding responsibility
  • "Thank you for being angry"
  • It's good to talk about racism
  • Who is a victim?
  • The dynamics of racism
  • The enemy within
  • Fear and danger
  • The geography of fear
  • Exotic and erotic
  • The myth of the happy family
  • Beyond black and white
  • What's in a name?
  • Separatism
  • Being allies
  • What does an ally do?
  • Being a strong white ally
  • Basic tactics
  • Getting involved
  • An ally makes a commitment
  • I would be a perfect ally if ...
  • It's not just a joke
  • Talking and working with white people
  • What about friends and family members?
  • Allies, collaborators, and agents
  • A web of control
  • The effects of history
  • Histories of racism
  • People of mixed heritage
  • Native Americans
  • African Americans
  • Asian Americans
  • Latino/as
  • Arab Americans
  • Jewish people
  • Recent immigrants
  • We all stand to gain
  • Fighting institutional racism
  • Institutional racism
  • Land and housing
  • Public policy
  • Sample analysis : immigration policy
  • Voting
  • Affirmative Action
  • At work
  • At school
  • Healthcare
  • The police
  • The criminal justice system
  • Religion
  • Foreign policy
  • Environmental justice
  • Democratic, anti-racist multiculturalism
  • Democratic, anti-racist multiculturalism
  • Multicultural competence
  • Anti-racism
  • Integration and tokenism
  • Organizational change and accountability
  • Home and family
  • For the long haul --

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