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Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America
Brandt traces the history of racism, especially in white America, revealing its various personal, institutional and cultural forms. He offers specific, positive ways in which people in all walks of life can work to bring racism to an end.
Paperback, 290 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Fortress Press
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Had very good frameworks that distinguished between institutionalized racism and personal racism, something I've struggled to explain well in the past. This wasn't the most well written book and lots of it was repetitive without many examples, but overall it significantly enhanced and changed my viewpoint on racism in America today.
This book is written by a reverend and he does write about things in an interesting way (good vs evil) but if you can get through his writing style he actually presents a one of the best frameworks for confronting institutional racism. The author came to our reading group and lives in watsonville.
“During the colonial years of our nation, racism was perpetrated in the form of two unspeakably horrible and devastatingly evil activities-the genocide of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of African peoples.”
“From the moment of independence from Britain, the United States was intentionally designed with a racial hierarchy dominated by the white race.”More quotes…