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Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  14 reviews
More than 15 years have passed since Joe Barndt wrote his influential and widely acclaimed Dismantling Racism (1991, Augsburg Books). He has now written a replacement volume - powerful, personal, and practical - that reframes the whole issue for the new context of the twenty-first century.

With great clarity Barndt traces the history of racism, especially in white America,
Paperback, 290 pages
Published September 19th 2007 by Fortress Press
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Ellen Gail
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The author is my great-uncle so I'm admittedly biased, but I still think he writes well. Good book written by a good dude. ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
One of the shortest, but hardest to get through, books I've ever read. If you read this and aren't changed by the end, you're either perfect or beyond saving. ...more
Rachel Anne Kieran
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
On the one hand, this is a wonderful and important book, and really useful both in my personal work and in some professional work I am currently engaged in. On the other hand, it is a slog (even if you're already familiar and comfortable with concepts of white privilege and institutionalized racism). I think part of the issue is that the writing is more utilitarian than sparkling, but that would be fine. The thing that really becomes challenging as you go on is that he gives almost concrete exam ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a painful read for me. (White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant Male). Worth every tear.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This reads like a dissertation or text book. The essence: DISMANTLING RACISM
Racism is perpetuated by our institutions and culture, which were constructed to produce white power and privilege. Transformation of these systems is what is necessary to dismantle racism. This is different from transactional change that makes modifications to the system, but leaves the overall goals and outcomes in place.

Dismantling racism means building something new- new structures of power and justice. Building comm
Emily Holladay
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I read “Understanding and Dismantling Racism” for a Doctor of Ministry class. I’ve been reading a number of books on anti racism, and this one simply falls in the middle of the pack. It is very repetitive and there are lots of punctuation and spelling errors. I found a few sparklets of incite that I hadn’t heard before, but mostly there wasn’t much new in the book. The last chapter was the most practical and helpful of the whole book.
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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This is packed with useful definitions, frameworks, and concepts. It's not a beginner's book, but if you're already familiar with anti-racism work, this is a great reference and tool, especially for white people. I appreciated the emphasis on institutions and structures. ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Good information but reads like a dissertation. Would benefit from more stories!
Joe Sanford
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life-changing for a white male whose heart is broken by systemic racism. In the quest for change the question always arises, “So what do we do?” This book gives us a wonderful beginning to a life of answering that question. I finally have direction on where I can begin the work of participating with the dismantling of racism in my work, community, nation, and world.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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. ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a hard pill to swallow but it is life changing. It is hard to accept some of the author's ideas but it is an eye opening way to look at racism and how it is manifested in today's society. ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot and was challenged to think deeply about the challenges we continue to face as people striving for equal opportunity across races in the US.
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Peter as Jami, "I agree with all the things you are saying, but if this is going to be the white guilt hour I'm out of here." ...more
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