White Men Challenging Racism

White Men Challenging Racism : 35 Personal Stories

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White Men Challenging Racism is a collection of first-person narratives chronicling the compelling experiences of thirty-five white men whose efforts to combat racism and fight for social justice are central to their lives. Based on interviews conducted by Cooper Thompson, Emmett Schaefer, and Harry Brod, these engaging oral histories tell the stories of the men's antiracist work. While these men discuss their accomplishments with pride, they also talk about their mistakes and regrets, their shortcomings and strategic blunders. A foreword by James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, provides historical context, describing antiracist efforts undertaken by white men in America during past centuries.Ranging in age from twenty-six to eighty-six, the men whose stories are presented here include some of the elder statesmen of antiracism work as well as members of the newest generation of activists. They come from across the United States-from Denver, Nashville, and San Jose; rural North Carolina, Detroit, and Seattle. Some are straight; some are gay. A few-such as historian Herbert Aptheker, singer/songwriter Si Kahn, Stetson Kennedy (a Klan infiltrator in the 1940s), and Richard Lapchick (active in organizing the sports community against apartheid)-are relatively well known; most are not. Among them are academics, ministers, police officers, firefighters, teachers, journalists, union leaders, and full-time community organizers. They work with Latinos and African-, Asian-, and Native-Americans. Many ground their work in spiritual commitments. Their inspiring personal narratives-whether about researching right-wing groups, organizing Central American immigrants, or serving as pastor of an interracial congregation-connect these men with one another and with their allies in the fight against racism in the United States.

All authors' royalties go directly to fund antiracist work. To read excerpts from the book, please visit http://www.whitemenchallengingracism.com/
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  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 163.1 x 236.7 x 31.8mm | 725.76g
  • North Carolina, United States
  • English
  • 3 illus.
  • 0822330849
  • 9780822330844

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"With range, depth, and integrity, the narratives in this collection flesh out both the 'promise and the way of life' of white people who have taken on racism as central to their life work. "White Men Challenging Racism" is a valuable contradiction to the construct of 'angry white men' that has fueled racial backlash over the past twenty years."--Mab Segrest, author of "Memoirs of a Race Traitor"
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Table of contents

Foreword / James W. Loewen xv

Preface xxxi

Acknowledgments xxxv

Introduction: Just Living 1

Movement Elders

Herbert Aptheker, 86, radical historian; San Jose, CA 17

Stetson Kennedy, 85, journalist and Klan infiltrator; Jacksonville, FL 27

Art Branscombe, 81, fought for a racially integrated neighborhood; Denver, CO 37

Horace Seldon, 77, coalition builder; Boston, MA 44

Pat Cusick, 70, community organizer; Boston, MA 51

Nat Yalowitz, 70, social worker and organizer; New York, NY 60

Grassroots Organizing

Jesse Wimberley, 43, organizes working-class white men; West End, NC 73

Jim Hansen, 42, executive director, United Vision for Idaho; Boise, ID 82

Chip Berlet, 52, researches right wing groups; Cambridge, MA 90

Joe Fahey, 44, union official and labor organizer; Watsonville, CA 99

Mike McMahon, 60, community organizer with Central American immigrants; Houston, TX 109

Art and Politics

David Attyah, 34, graphic artist and founder of Think Again; San Francisco, CA 121

Si Kahn, 57, singer/songwriter and executive director of Grassroots Leadership; Charlotte, NC 132

Steve Bailey, 43, executive director of Jump-Start Performance Company; San Antonio, TX 143

Tim Wise, 33, writer, lecturer, social critic, and activist; Nashville, TN 152

Billy Yalowitz, 42, community-based performance director and choreographer; Philadelphia, PA 164

Challenging the System from Within

John Allocca, 39, bilingual Spanish teacher; Boston, MA 175

Bill Johnston, 60, former Boston police officer; Emerald Isle, NC 185

A. T. Miller, 43, teacher and director of multiculturalism at University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI 194

Ken Kimerling, 56, lawyer for Puerto Rican and Asian American civil rights; New York, NY 203

Monte Piliawsky, 57, teacher and historian; Detroit, MI 212

Lonnie Lusardo, 56, consultant and community organizer; Seattle, WA 222

Lee Formwalt, 51, historian and dean at a historically black college; Albany, GA 228

Nibs Stroupe, 55, minister of a multiracial congregation; Decatur, GA 237

Challenging the System from the Margins

John Cole Vodicka, 53, founder of the Prison and Jail Project; Americus, GA 249

Richard Lapchick, 56, advocate for racial and gender justice in sports and society; Orlando FL 258

Chris Shuey, 46, environmental health specialist; Albuquerque, NM 265

Terry Kupers, 58, psychiatrist, prison activist, and author; Oakland, CA 272

Rick Whaley, 51, Native American treaty rights advocate; Milwaukee, WI 280

Jim Murphy, 54, firefighter and advocate for children's rights in Southeast Asia; Boston, MA 289

The Next Generation

Sean Cahill, 38, researcher with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; New York, NY

Tobin Miller Shearer, 36, director of a Mennonite anti-racism initiative; Akron, PA 305

Jason Wallach, 32, grassroots coordinator for the Mexico Solidarity Network; Chicago, IL 314

Bill Vandenberg, 31, co-executive director of the Colorado Progressive Coalition; Denver, CO 322

Matt Reese, 26, community activist; Louisville, KY 330

Appendix 339

Endnotes 343

Suggestions for Further Reading 351

About the Authors 355
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"With range, depth, and integrity, the narratives in this collection flesh out both the `promise and the way of life' of white people who have taken on racism as central to their life work. White Men Challenging Racism is a valuable contradiction to the construct of `angry white men' that has fueled racial backlash over the past twenty years."-Mab Segrest, author of Memoirs of a Race Traitor "It is inspiring to read about white men who are working on the complex task of eliminating racism. In these times of backlash against civil rights gains of the past, we need more fighters like these. Yesterday's movement was truly interracial and today's must be as well."-Julian Bond, Chair, NAACP, and Professor of History, University of Virginia and American University
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About Harry Brod

Cooper Thompson is a senior consultant at visions, a multicultural consulting organization.

Emmett Schaefer is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Harry Brod is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the editor of The Making of Masculinities.
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