Recovering Racists: Dismantling White Supremacy and Reclaiming Our Humanity

Recovering Racists: Dismantling White Supremacy and Reclaiming Our Humanity

Recovering Racists: Dismantling White Supremacy and Reclaiming Our Humanity

Recovering Racists: Dismantling White Supremacy and Reclaiming Our Humanity


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"It is a rare thing for me to stand with a book, explicitly about race and equity, that is written by a white person. Why? Because it is a rare thing to encounter a white person who has followed the lead of people of color into their own transformation so deeply that I trust the message coming from their white body. Idelette McVicker has done the work."—Lisa Sharon Harper (from the foreword)

As a white Afrikaner woman growing up in South Africa during apartheid, Idelette McVicker was steeped in a community and a church that reinforced racism and shielded her from seeing her neighbors' oppression. But a series of circumstances led her to begin questioning everything she thought was true about her identity, her country, and her faith.

Recovering Racists shares McVicker's journey over thirty years and across three continents to shatter the lies of white supremacy embedded deep within her soul. She helps us realize that grappling with the legacy of white supremacy and recovering from racism is lifelong work that requires both inner transformation and societal change. It is for those of us who have hit rock bottom in the human story of race, says McVicker. We must acknowledge our internalized racism, repent of our complicity, and learn new ways of being human.

This book invites us on the long, slow journey of healing the past, making things right, changing old stories, and becoming human together. As we work for the liberation of everyone, we also find liberation for ourselves. Each chapter ends with discussion questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587435430
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/12/2022
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Idelette McVicker is the founder and president of SheLoves Media Society, an online forum for Christian women that includes SheLoves Magazine and the Dangerous Women membership community. She is a popular speaker and retreat leader internationally. McVicker wrote the SheLoves manifesto, Let Us Be Women Who Love, which has been used by women's ministries around the world and in Sarah Bessey's book Jesus Feminist. After training as a journalist in South Africa, she lived in Taiwan, where she wrote for daily newspapers. McVicker moved to Canada in 1999 and lives in Surrey, British Columbia.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Lisa Sharon Harper
Part 1: Wake Up
1. Acknowledging Our Racism
2. Awakening
Part 2: Leave
3. Imagining a Different World
4. Getting Comfortable with Discomfort
5. Facing Ugly Truth
6. The Liberating Jesus
7. The Heart of a Learner
8. Mutuality
Part 3: Repent
9. Repentance
10. Seeking Justice
Part 4: Recalibrate
11. The Way of Relationship
12. Honoring Everyone
Part 5: Repair
13. Knitted Together
14. Contending for Peace
15. Listening for the Truth-Tellers
16. Decolonizing
17. Re-membering
18. Practicing Restitution
19. Using Power for Good
20. Reclaiming Our Humanity
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