Chapter

Introduction

Mark R. Warren

in Fire in the Heart

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751242
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943326 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751242.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Culture and Politics

Introduction

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This book is about how white people can move from passivity to action in response to racism in America. This chapter argues that further progress in racial justice depends on many more white Americans coming to an understanding of racism and developing a commitment to take positive action. Most whites do not want to keep people of color down; they do not work intentionally to do so. Rather, they remain passive or apathetic in the face of continued racial inequality in the United States. The discussion stresses the difficult circumstances of poor African Americans. Racism has historically been so intertwined with economic exploitation that it has never made sense to dichotomize the two.

Keywords: racism; America; racial justice; white passivity; racial inequality; African Americans; economic exploitation

Chapter.  9517 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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