From Do-Gooder to Deeper Commitment

Mark R. Warren

in Fire in the Heart

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751242
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943326 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Culture and Politics

From Do-Gooder to Deeper Commitment

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This chapter examines the effects on white activists of relationships with people of color. People of color develop their understanding of racism in part from their own experience and that of their family members, neighbors, and friends. The discussion shows that white people can also develop an ethic of care. Relationships with people of color are a key link in the development of an understanding of racism and a commitment that makes the political issue of racial justice personal. The first part of the chapter examines the various ways that relationships increase white people's understanding of racism. The second part discusses how activists create close bonds with people of color and come to care about racism.

Keywords: white activists; racial discrimination; racism; colored people; racial justice

Chapter.  11060 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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