Chapter

“Where Do I Fit?”

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/9780199751242.003.0007

Series: Oxford Studies in Culture and Politics

“Where Do I Fit?”

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This chapter notes that white activists fall between their social identity with other whites and their political stance with communities of color. In other words, they share a history and culture with mainstream white Americans, but they have made a political break with its dominant ideology and values. Yet the power of racial identification maintains some distance between them and communities of color. Activists seem to accept a degree of tension today while working toward building a new community based upon shared values in the moral and political project of racial justice. A few activists become loners in a sense, people who do not care so much about belonging. However, the vast majority seek a place in which to belong in activist communities. In the end, multiracial political solidarity needs to rest upon progress in creating multiracial social solidarity.

Keywords: white activists; racism; social identity; racial identification; racial justice; multiracial solidarity

Chapter.  11276 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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