Getting to the “Want To”

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

Getting to the “Want To”

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This chapter explores in detail the kinds of visions that white activists construct. These activists are not primarily visionaries. Rather, they work in the present to create their future visions. In other words, they work to create a just society as they build multiracial communities, collaborate with people of color, engage with other whites, and work to establish racially just institutional policies and practices. If they started with a moral impulse to act for others, through their activism they come to see racial justice as essential to their own humanity and to the well-being of all Americans. The discussion suggests that, compared to other forms of social justice, racial justice activism perhaps has an even stronger moral edge for white Americans.

Keywords: white activists; multiracial communities; colored people; racial justice; racial activism; Americans

Chapter.  13379 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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