Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice
15 Stories

Foreword by Paul C. Gorski
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Published: March 2015  

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Published: March 2015  

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Published: March 2015  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
206 pp., 6" x 9"
While we are all familiar with the lives of prominent Black civil rights leaders, few of us have a sense of what is entailed in developing a White anti-racist identity. Few of us can name the White activists who joined the struggle against discrimination, let alone understand the complexities, stresses and contradictions of doing this work while benefiting from the privileges they enjoyed as Whites.

This book fills that gap by vividly presenting – in their own words – the personal stories, experiences and reflections of fifteen prominent White anti-racists. They recount the circumstances that led them to undertake this work, describe key moments and insights along their journeys, and frankly admit their continuing lapses and mistakes. They make it clear that confronting oppression (including their own prejudices) – whether about race, sexual orientation, ability or other differences – is a lifelong process of learning.

The chapters in this book are full of inspirational and lesson-rich stories about the expanding awareness of White social justice advocates and activists who grappled with their White privilege and their early socialization and decided to work against structural injustice and personal prejudice. The authors are also self-critical, questioning their motivations and commitments, and acknowledging that – as Whites and possessors of other privileged identities – they continue to benefit from White privilege even as they work against it.

This is an eye-opening book for anyone who wants to understand what it means to be White and the reality of what is involved in becoming a White anti-racist and social justice advocate; is interested in the paths taken by those who have gone before; and wants to engage reflectively and critically in this difficult and important work.

Contributing Authors
Warren J. Blumenfeld
Abby L. Ferber
Jane K. Fernandes
Michelle Fine
Diane J. Goodman
Paul C. Gorski
Heather W. Hackman
Gary R. Howard
Kevin Jennings
Frances E. Kendall
Paul Kivel
James W. Loewen
Peggy McIntosh
Julie O’Mara
Alan Rabinowitz
Andrea Rabinowitz
Christine E. Sleeter

Table of Contents:

Foreword—Paul C. Gorski

Introduction—Eddie Moore Jr., Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, and Ali Michael

1) Real-izing Personal and Systemic Privilege: Reflection Becoming Action—Peggy McIntosh

2) The Joy of Antiracism—James W. Loewen

3) Knapsacks and Baggage: Why the World Needs This Book—Abby L. Ferber

4) The Political is Personal—Kevin Jennings

5) Calling Out the Wizard Behind the Curtain—Heather W. Hackman

6) Love, Social Justice, Careers, and Philanthropy—Andrea Rabinowitz and Alan Rabinowitz

7) Learning to Become an Antiracist Racist—Christine E. Sleeter

8) What’s a Nice White Girl to Do in an Unjust World Like This?: Guideposts on My Social Justic Journey —Diane J. Goodman

9) White Water—Gary R. Howard

10) Looking Back and Moving Forward—Frances E. Kendall

11) Working Within the System to Change the System—Julie O’Mara

12) Inside and Outside: How Being an Ashkenazi Jew Illuminates and Complicates Context and the Binary of Racia” Privilege—Warren J. Blumenfeld

13) Of White and Hearing Privilege—Jane K. Fernandes

14) Hands-On Activism—Paul Kivel

Afterword: Resisting Whiteness/Bearing Witness—Michelle Fine


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Reviews & Endorsements:
"What a pleasure to get a copy of your book and start reading it on the plane! As a white South African growing up in Apartheid SA this book is a gem for me. I have only read the first few chapters - but such an honor to read Peggy McIntosh's personal account, and the others. You've done a great job - thank you!"
- Alan Richter, Ph.D., President , QED Consulting, LLC