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Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society

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Renowned social justice advocate john a. powell persuasively argues that we have not achieved a post-racial society and that there is much work to do to redeem the American promise of inclusive democracy. Culled from a decade of writing about social justice and spirituality, these meditations on race, identity, and social policy provide an outline for laying claim to our s ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Indiana University Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nancy
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was not an easy book to read, both because it was written in academic style and also because the subject matter was so challenging. But it was an important book that helped me to understand the intersection between our modern conceptions of self, privacy and freedom on the one hand, and implicit bias and institutional racism on the other.
Matthew Haas
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A truly enlightening and exceptional book on race, as it pertains to social justice, community, personhood and public and private discourse.
April
What an incredible read that brings together U.S. history, law, social policy with philosophy and spirituality to form a coherent argument for the transformation of American institutions and society to become racially just. john a. powell manages to write in such an esoteric yet transcendent way that makes me want to move to Berkeley and spend some time at the Haas Institute learning from him! He's truly an intellectual mystic, which is an incredible and rare combination. This book is brilliant.
Jonathan
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps one of the most important books of the Twenty-First Century - powell describes our current societal crisis of racism through historical, psycho-social, sociological, and spiritual lenses, and calls all of us out as Americans to actively take part in the establishment of a just society. Read the book and join the effort. So many good things in here that those of you nearby TBZ will likely hear some of them over the High Holy Days.
Megan
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had seen John Powell speak and he is a great speaker. I found his book to be important to read with some really good substance specifically on white privilege.

I was a book that read like a textbook with a lot of quotes. I also found the last section of religion and spirituality to be hard to get through.

Overall good book, with valuable information for everyone.
Lee Nave Jr.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone trying to understand a multitude of issues if it be white privilege, the social constructs that make of race and the mentality behind racism.
Joe Schroer
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty amazing

I really enjoy how Mr. Powell sets a deliberate and clear framework,which is consistent throughout the book. I thought that the connections he was making between concepts were important connections to make and for white and black to get a hold of as secularism and our new America color-blindness flourishes. He invokes a slew of important authors repeatedly,but I was most interested in the civil rights era roots of his argument for the connections between spirituality (self) and soc
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Bill
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
john a powell has written a roadmap for those in this country who wish to engage race, from a social, legal and spiritual framework. His language is personal thoughtful and at times stirring providing a lens for a new understanding of racialized structures and their affect on people of all races. One of my favorite passages is:

"Highly attuned seekers and leaders have the ability to see across categories and to recognize the importance of bringing love into even the most potentially mathematical
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Drick
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
john powell is one of seminal thinkers of our age on the issue of societal and institutional racism. Drawing on a variety of disciplines (psychology, neuroscience, law, sociology, etc), powell highlights how institutional racism is linked to our unconscious and that reactions around race are largely hidden and irrational, and that while we address the psychological we must also address the structural dimension of racism, because they are linked. He also has a chapter on spirituality which highli ...more
Kony
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently appreciated john powell's engaging discourse with Krista Tippett of On Being, I was poised to love this book. Instead, I found it tolerable. For a book ostensibly concerned with transforming the real world, it's quite academic and abstract: woefully short on stories and concretes; tiresomely long on block quotes, theoretical gymnastics, and jurisprudential analyses (mostly echoing what other progressive scholars have written - on point, but not original). I skimmed the last few c ...more
Johnny Mettlach
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read in years, and the most thorough book that integrates the concepts of self (and the West/modernism's mutation of it), identity, spirituality, race/ethnicity, racism and what it means to be human, especially to BELONG. Truly breathtaking and extraordinary.
Anika
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Deep read as john powell is a philosopher.
Lawrence
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reed-reads
incredibly conceptual and academic, but really good substance.
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“We are all androgynous, not only because we are all born of a woman impregnated by the seed of a man but because each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other – male in female, female in male, white in black and black in white. We are a part of each other. Many of my countrymen appear to find this fact exceedingly inconvenient and even unfair, and so very often do I. But none of us can do anything about it. James Baldwin, “Here Be Dragons” 1 likes
“Because as Europe and the United States become more diverse, it creates an anxiety, a racial anxiety, that is reflected in declining support for public space, public institutions, public infrastructure, and public education.” 0 likes
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