Working with White People

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

Working with White People

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This chapter looks at activists' experiences in engaging other whites. Activists take on the responsibility of engaging with other white people to change their racialized ideas and practices. White activists face many tensions and dilemmas in trying to influence other whites within a system that perpetuates racism on a daily basis. The chapter starts with a key dilemma faced by all white activists who try to influence others, that is, how to challenge a white person's racism in a way which moves them forward rather than causes defensiveness and retreat. It turns to a close examination of how activists seek to influence other whites in the three different fields of action represented in the study: community organizing, education, and policy advocacy and criminal justice work.

Keywords: racial activists; white Americans; racism; community organizing; criminal justice; American education

Chapter.  14783 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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