White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories / Edition 1

White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories / Edition 1

by Cooper Thompson, Emmett Schaefer
     
 

White Men Challenging Racism is a collection of first-person narratives chronicling the compelling experiences of thirty-five white men whose efforts to combat racism and fight for social justice are central to their lives. Based on interviews conducted by Cooper Thompson, Emmett Schaefer, and Harry Brod, these engaging oral histories tell the stories of theSee more details below

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White Men Challenging Racism is a collection of first-person narratives chronicling the compelling experiences of thirty-five white men whose efforts to combat racism and fight for social justice are central to their lives. Based on interviews conducted by Cooper Thompson, Emmett Schaefer, and Harry Brod, these engaging oral histories tell the stories of the men's antiracist work. While these men discuss their accomplishments with pride, they also talk about their mistakes and regrets, their shortcomings and strategic blunders. A foreword by James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, provides historical context, describing antiracist efforts undertaken by whites in America during past centuries.

Ranging in age from twenty-six to eighty-six, the men whose stories are presented here include some of the elder statesmen of antiracism work as well as members of the newest generation of activists. They come from across the United States-from Denver, Nashville, and San Jose; rural North Carolina, Detroit, and Seattle. Some are straight; some are gay. A few-such as historian Herbert Aptheker, singer/songwriter Si Kahn, Stetson Kennedy (a Klan infiltrator in the 1940s), and Richard Lapchick (active in organizing the sports community against apartheid)-are relatively well-known; most are not. Among them are historians, ministers, police officers, firefighters, teachers, journalists, union leaders, and full-time community organizers. They work with Latinos and African-, Asian-, and Native-Americans. Many ground their work in spiritual commitments. Their inspiring personal narratives-whether about researching right-wing groups, organizing Central American immigrants, or serving as pastor of an interracial congregation-connect these men with one another and with their allies in the fight against racism in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822330967
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Just Living1
Herbert Aptheker, 86, radical historian: San Jose, CA17
Stetson Kennedy, 85, journalist and Klan infiltrator; Jacksonville, FL27
Art Branscombe, 81, fought for a racially integrated neighborhood; Denver, CO37
Horace Seldon, 77, coalition builder; Boston, MA44
Pat Cusick, 70, community organizer; Boston, MA51
Nat Yalowitz, 70, social worker and organizer; New York, NY60
Jesse Wimberley, 43, organizes working-class white men; West End, NC73
Jim Hansen, 42, executive director, United Vision for Idaho; Boise, ID82
Chip Berlet, 52, researches right wing groups; Cambridge, MA90
Joe Fahey, 44, union official and labor organizer; Watsonville, CA99
Mike McMahon, 60, community organizer with Central American immigrants; Houston, TX109
David Attyah, 34, graphic artist and founder of Think Again; San Francisco, CA121
Si Kahn, 57, singer / songwriter and executive director of Grassroots Leadership; Charlotte, NC132
Steve Bailey, 43. executive director of Jump-Start Performance Company; San Antonio, TX143
Tim Wise, 33, writer, lecturer, social critic, and activist; Nashville, TN152
Billy Yalowitz, 42, community-based performance director and choreographer; Philadelphia, PA164
John Allocca, 39, bilingual Spanish teacher; Boston, MA175
Bill Johnston, 60, former Boston police officer; Emerald Island, NC185
A. T. Miller, 43, teacher and director of multiculturalism at University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI194
Ken Kimerling, 56, lawyer for Puerto Rican and Asian American civil rights; New York, NY203
Monte Piliawsky, 57, teacher and historian; Detroit, MI212
Lonnie Lusardo, 56, consultant and community organizer; Seattle, WA222
Lee Formwalt, 51, historian and dean at a historically black college; Albany, GA228
Nibs Stroupe, 55, minister of a multiracial congregation; Decatur, GA237
John Cole Vodicka, 53, founder of the Prison and Jail Project; Americus, GA249
Richard Lapchick, 56, advocate for racial and gender justice in sports and society; Orlando, FL258
Chris Shuey, 46, environmental health specialist; Albuquerque, NM265
Terry Kupers, 58, psychiatrist, prison activist, and author; Oakland, CA272
Rick Whaley, 51, Native American treaty rights advocate; Milwaukee, WI280
Jim Murphy, 54, firefighter and advocate for children's rights in Southeast Asia; Boston, MA289
Sean Cahill, 38, researcher with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; New York, NY299
Tobin Miller Shearer, 36, director of a Mennonite antiracism initiative; Akron, PA305
Jason Wallach, 32, grassroots coordinator for the Mexico Solidarity Network; Chicago, IL314
Bill Vandenberg, 31, co-executive director of the Colorado Progressive Coalition: Denver, CO322
Matt Reese, 26, community activist; Louisville, KY330
Appendix339
Endnotes343
Suggestions for Further Reading351
About the Authors355

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