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Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter

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Chris Crass calls on all of us to join our values to the power of love and act with courage for a world where Black lives truly matter. A world where the death culture of white supremacy no longer devours the lives of Black people and no longer deforms the hearts and souls of white people.

In addition to his own soul-searching essays and practical organizing advice in his
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Patricia
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: racism
A resource for white people who want to end white silence on racism, with something for those who are just beginning to educate themselves as well as for organizers who have been working on the issue for years. I read it for a discussion at a Standing Up for Racial Justice meeting, and much of the book deals with SURJ and its work. The first third of the book, about why and how white people need to organize against white supremacy and for "collective liberation," was quite inspiring and useful; ...more
Shannon Wyss
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very important book for white people who are or want to become anti-racist activists. Contains numerous essays, mostly 5 pages or fewer and written in the early-mid-2010s. (Having each of them dated would have been helpful.) Perspectives include Christian, Jewish, atheist, lesbian, gay, trans, queer, genderqueer, straight, cisgender, and others.

A note to the publisher: In future editions, you should consider making each essay heading much bigger and the offset quotes a lot smaller (perhaps
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Emma Christen
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I truly believe this book has the power to change lives. Chris Crass describes and discusses in detail what white people disgusted by racism and white supremacy can do, in a variety of different ways, to be the change we wish to see. I feel so inspired by his work for racial justice - this book lights the flame of passion and inspiration in anyone who's been afraid to act for Black liberation and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Sara
Important content, and good information for white allies working for racial justice. Rather than a cohesive book, however, this is a collection of essays, interviews, and "notes", so to sit down and read it cover to cover feels repetitive and redundant. Might make a great book for a study group, reading just one section at a time and then talking about it.
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Chris Crass is a longtime organizer, educator, and writer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. Throughout the 1990s he was an organizer with Food Not Bombs, an economic justice anti-poverty group and network; with them he helped build up the direct action-based anti-capitalist Left internationally.

Building on the successes and
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