Uprooting Racism How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

ISBN-10: 0865714592
ISBN-13: 9780865714595
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
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Description: Presents an exploration of what white people - individually and as part of a group - can do to challenge the structure of racism.

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List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 5/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Presents an exploration of what white people - individually and as part of a group - can do to challenge the structure of racism.

A committed radical historian and activist, Howard Zinn approaches the study of the past from the point of view of those whom he feels have been exploited by the powerful. Zinn was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. After working in local shipyards during his teens, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force, where he saw combat as a bombardier in World War II. He received a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1958 and was a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at Harvard University. While teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Zinn joined the civil rights movement and wrote The Southern Mystique (1964) and SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964). He also became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, writing Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal (1967) and visiting Hanoi to receive the first American prisoners released by the North Vietnamese. Zinn's best-known and most-praised work, as well as his most controversial, is A People's History of the United States (1980). It explores American history under the thesis that most historians have favored those in power, leaving another story untold. Zinn discusses such topics as Native American views of Columbus and the socialist and anarchist opposition to World War I in examining his theory that historical change is most often due to "mass movements of ordinary people." Zinn's other books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (1995) and Artists in Times of War (2004). He has also written the plays Emma (1976), Daughter of Venus (1985), and Marx in Soho (1999).

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction to the Revised Edition
A note to readers outside the United States
Introduction: 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
Entitlemen
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
The Effects of History
Introduction
People of Mixed Heritage
Native Americans
African Americans
Asian Americans
Latino/as
Arab Americans
Jewish People
Recent Immigrants
Conclusion
Fighting Institutional Racism
Institutional Racism
Public Policy
Critical Analysis of Immigration Policy
Voting
Affirmative Action
Angry White Guys for Affirmative Action
At Work
Education and Schools
Health Care
The Police
The Criminal Justice System
Religion
Democratic, Anti-Racist Multiculturalism
Introduction
Democratic, Anti-Racist Multiculturalism
Multicultural Competence
Anti-Racism
Integration and Tokenism
Home and Family
For the Long Haul
Conclusion
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
Lists, Diagrams, and Exercises
What Color is White?
List of "Dark" and "White" Qualities
List of Racially Charged Words
White Benefits Checklist
The Economic Pyramid
Assessment: The Culture of Power
Assessment: Entitlement
Costs of Racism to White People Checklist
List of Tactics to Avoid Responsibility
The Dynamics of Racism
Assessment: Where Does Economic Power Lie?
Being Allies
What People of Color Want from White Allies
Questions and Actions: Working with White People
The Effects of History
Questions and Actions: Native Americans
Questions and Actions: African Americans
Questions and Actions: Asian Americans
Questions and Actions: Latino/as
Questions and Actions: Arab Americans
Questions and Actions: Jewish People
Fighting Institutional Racism
Questions to Assess Public Policy Issues
Questions and Actions: Affirmative Action
Assessment: At Work
Assessment: The Police
Assessment: Religion
Democratic, Anti-Racist Multiculturalism
Questions and Actions: Anti-Racism
Questions and Actions: Home and Family
Assessment: For the Long Haul

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