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The Future of White Men: And Other Diversity Dilemmas

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This refreshing handbook—equally useful in the boardroom, the classroom and the living room—captures insightful lessons from personal encounters with diversity.

Award-winning author Dr. Joan Lester is a talented storyteller. Her generous voice sheds keen insight, humor and practical advise on the polarizing dilemmas of living with diversity. No wonder former Texas Governor Ann Richards calls her a "terrific writer!"


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Overview

This refreshing handbook—equally useful in the boardroom, the classroom and the living room—captures insightful lessons from personal encounters with diversity.

Award-winning author Dr. Joan Lester is a talented storyteller. Her generous voice sheds keen insight, humor and practical advise on the polarizing dilemmas of living with diversity. No wonder former Texas Governor Ann Richards calls her a "terrific writer!"


Author Bio: Dr. Joan Lester is a well-know spokesperson on diversity. She won the Siegenthaler award for an NPR All Things Considered commentary entitled, What to Call My Sweetie? Her articles appear in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595093878
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments i
Introduction 1
Part 1 Who Gets a Seat? 7
Who Gets a Seat at the Table? 9
Blacks versus Gays 11
What Is the Place of White Men at the Diversity Table? 16
Is Coalition Possible? 19
The People with the B's on Their Foreheads 23
Guilty? Not to Worry 26
Does Diversity Mean We All Go Our Separate Ways? 28
Part 2 The Old Images 31
Women and Machinery 42
Leona, the Wicked (Jewish) Witch 46
Who's Looting Whom? 48
Age Spots, Wrinkles, and Laugh Lines 51
Who Is Family? 53
Women in Politics: Steel Minds or Empty Heads? 58
Mother's Day: Hearts, Flowers, and International Politics 62
Gays, Where Did They Go? (That's Research) 64
Passing: One Way of Escape 68
Part 3 Now What Do I Say? 75
What's in a Word? 78
What's in a Name? 84
Our Own Names 90
Part 4 Now What Do I Do? 93
Doing the Right Thing 95
Being an Ally: To Others 98
Being an Ally: To Ourselves 106
Checking Out the Chairs at the Table 110
Who Is a "Good Fit"? 112
The Menu 117
Part 5 Top Ten Plus Two-Questions About Diversity 121
What About Jokes? 123
When Do I Name Race? 125
Why Do Groups Keep Changing Their Names? 127
What If We Can't Find Any "Qualified" Minorities and Women? 129
What About "Reverse Discrimination?" 130
Why Are There No "Special Programs" for Whites? 131
Aren't Stereotypes Based on Grains of Truth? 132
Why Do All the Blacks Sit Together in the Cafeteria? 133
Should I Help a Blind Person Cross the Street? 135
What About Christmas? 136
The Confederate Flag: What Do We Do About History? 137
Who Are We Going to Include Next in Diversity? 139
Part 6 Diversity, Why Bother? 141
Standards: Aren't They Rising? 144
Variety is the Spice of Life 152
Viva la Diferencia! 157
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