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

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  • Copyright: 2007-10-01
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub

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No issue has so daunted American life and history as that of race. Joseph Barndt's powerful, personal, yet practical work reframes race and racism in a new way for a new century and offers tested ways to address it. The clearest and most practical primer on race and race relations around, this book takes specific account of our society's ongoing failure to dismantle racism, the failure of the multicultural diversity model, and the need for a deeper understanding of racism's pernicious but embedded roots.

Author Biography

Joseph Barndt has been a parish pastor and an antiracism trainer and organizer for thirty years, much of the latter work being done with Crossroads Ministry, Chicago

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Happiness Machine-A Fablep. 1
The Dross of Racismp. 3
The Happiness Machine and Current Realityp. 4
A Book for White Peoplep. 6
And Also a Book for People of Colorp. 7
The Work of Crossroads Ministry and People's Institutep. 8
Language and Terminologyp. 8
Other "Isms"-The Happiness Machine's Multiple Consequencesp. 10
Writing an Ending to the Fable of the Happiness Machinep. 11
The Continuing Evil of Racismp. 13
The Complex and Bewildering Tangle of Racismp. 13
Our Colonial and Racist Beginningsp. 15
From Colony to Nationhood: The Deepening of Racismp. 17
Resistance to Racism: The Better Side of a Bitter Historyp. 25
The Civil Rights Movement: The Resistance Rewrites Historyp. 29
The Continuing Evil of Racism in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 33
Detecting and Measuring Twenty-First Century Racismp. 42
The Twenty-First Century: A New Beginningp. 48
Defining Racismp. 55
The Need for a Common Definition of Racismp. 55
Introducing a Definition of Racismp. 58
Exploring Prejudicep. 60
Exploring Racep. 62
The Misuse of Power by Systems and Institutionsp. 73
Summaryp. 82
White Power and Privilegep. 85
From "Black Like Me" to "White Like Me"p. 87
White Power: Not the Same as White Privilegep. 90
A Closer Look at White Powerp. 91
A Closer Look at White Privilegep. 95
Responses to White Power and Privilegep. 107
Conclusion: You Can't Take It Offp. 110
Individual Racism: The Making of a Racistp. 111
Power[superscript 3]: Racism at Its Worstp. 111
"Go Home and Free Your Own People"p. 112
What and Who Is a Racist?p. 115
"Racialization": The Mass Production of Racists and Victimsp. 120
Racial Identity Formation: The Shaping of Superior and Inferior Racesp. 123
The Making of a White Racistp. 126
The Four Walls of Racism's Prisonp. 129
Summary and Conclusion: None of Us Are Freep. 141
Institutionalized Racismp. 143
The Misuse of Power by Systems and Institutionsp. 143
Taking an X-Ray of the Happiness Machinep. 144
The Nature and Purpose of Institutionsp. 145
Defining Institutionalized Racismp. 151
How It Got That Way: A History of Institutionalized Racismp. 154
How It Stayed That Way: New Forms of Institutionalized Racismp. 157
How to "See," Identify, and Analyze Institutionalized Racismp. 165
Conclusion: The Possibility of Authentic Institutional Transformationp. 182
Cultural Racismp. 185
What Is Culture?p. 187
The Creating of Race-Based Culturesp. 190
Defining Cultural Racismp. 195
The Race-Based Cultures of Communities of Colorp. 204
White Cultural Identity in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 207
Dismantling Racismp. 219
A Time to Tear Down...and a Time to Buildp. 219
Building Antiracist Communities of Resistancep. 221
Planning a Jailbreak: Organizing to Dismantle Racismp. 231
Introducing a Tool to Measure Institutional Changep. 233
The First Half of the Continuum: Where Are We Now?p. 236
Principles of Organizing to Move Forwardp. 243
The Second Half of the Continuum: The Three Stages of Institutional Transformationp. 255
Conclusion: Toward a Racism-Free Twenty-First Centuryp. 262
Notesp. 269
Additional Resourcesp. 277
Indexp. 285
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