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Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice Paperback – May 1, 2002

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Can white people work for racial justice? Kivel's tells average readers how to intervene against racism in situations where it's usually encountered: at work, in public, and on the home front. It's easy not to get involved in massive political stances; but hard to ignore the practical advice and examples here, which share stories and advice on how to fight racism at home. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Paul Kivel is the founder of the Oakland's Men's Project and has conducted hundreds of workshops on racism and anti-violence for teens and men all over the USA. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; Revised edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865714592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865714595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Kivel, social justice educator, activist, and writer, has been an innovative leader in violence prevention for more than 35 years. He is an accomplished trainer and speaker on men's issues, racism and diversity, challenges of youth, teen dating and family violence, raising boys to manhood, and the impact of class and power on daily life. Paul has developed highly effective participatory and interactive methodologies for training youth and adults in a variety of settings. His work gives people the understanding to become involved in social justice work and the tools to become more effective allies in community struggles to end oppression and injustice and to transform organizations and institutions.

Kivel is the author of numerous books and curricula, including Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, which won the 1996 Gustavus Myers Award for best book on human rights, Men's Work, Making the Peace, Helping Teens Stop Violence, Boys Will Be Men, I Can Make My World A Safer Place, and most recently, You Call This a Democracy?: Who Benefits, Who Pays, and Who Really Decides.

"Uprooting Racism" is a uniquely sensitive, wise, practical guide for white people struggling with their feelings about race.

-Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

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Kivel's book Uprooting Racism is very powerful. In it he offers concrete examples of how privilege exists in the day-to-day lives of Whites (European Americans), and furthermore, how Whites (like myself) can come to recognize this privilege (which is invisible to most Whites because it has become part of the institution of American society--passed down for generations so that many Whites don't even recognize its existence anymore) and work toward equity and equality for everyone. It gives examples of how to fight racism on the personal level, in common, everyday affairs.
Most importantly, it brings to light the many subtle, yet powerful, ways that even well-intentioned Whites act in ways that promote injustice, and gives powerful suggestions for improving the lives of everyone. Even those who believe themselves to be "non-racist" or "anti-racist" will find value in this book-- (I'd say 'ESPECIALLY those who believe themselves to be non-racist or anti-racist', since these are the people who UNKNOWINGLY promote racism and injustice.) Recommended to everyone, not just European Americans.
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I read this book for a social work class that focused on racial differences. Initially I was assigned to read only the first chapter but found myself reading the entire book over a weekend. I was engrossed with the book and at the same time angered and disturbed because it told me things about myself I did not want to believe. If you're a white male struggling with your identity in America I strongly recommend that you read this book. And if you're not struggling with that I recommend you read this book.
I learned a lot about myself by reading this book and especially by re-reading it after I had calmed down a bit. It might seem at first that the book is just an attack on white males but its not.
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When I began reading the previous edition a few years ago, I realized that I wanted to discuss it with other white people as I worked through the exercises.
As a result five women in leadership roles in their church congregations discussed this book over lunches over some months. It took as many lunches as there are chapters. We learned much about ourselves as white women and much about the history of racism in the United States.
I continue to look for ways to share the impact of this book with others. I am pleased that there is a new edition and look forward to seeing what has made this very useful book even better.
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This book gives some great direction for someone who recognizes racism as pervasive and wrong, and wants meaningful advice. It is difficult to relate to a minority perspective when you are a member of a majority group.
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I understand what it is like growing up in a white neighborhood while being brown. My mother is white and my father native to my country. I am proud of both sides, but it really annoys me when people see me as one colour even though I have more white in my blood than brown. I have been in the perfect position of knowing what each side feel seeing racisim from both sides. However I am actually hopeful that colour and race and ethnicity are not judged at all, but as Martin Luther King said, let us all be judged by the content of our character. This is a much needed book, and I thank the author for it.
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I was impressed with the quality of the book. It met the description provided and my expectations. The book was in great condition.
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Even the first sentence says it all. The book was written for a white man, and the reader is supposed to be a white man.
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