The Lessons of Ubuntu: How an African Philosophy Can Inspire Racial Healing in America

The Lessons of Ubuntu: How an African Philosophy Can Inspire Racial Healing in America

by Mark Mathabane


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510712614
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,211,037
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mark Mathabane is the New York Times bestselling author of Kaffir Boy , and his articles on race and education have appeared in the New York Times , the Washington Post , People , and other major publications. He has also been featured on numerous radio and TV shows, including Oprah , NPR’s Fresh Air , CNN, NBC’s Today , and Charlie Rose. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his family.

Table of Contents

Preface: Learning the Language and Lessons of Ubuntu ix

Introduction: Why We Are All Africans 1

Part 1 The Ten Obstacles to Racial Healing 15

Chapter 1 The Teaching of Hatred 17

Chapter 2 Racial Classification 29

Chapter 3 Profiling 38

Chapter 4 Mutual Distrust 48

Chapter 5 Black Bigotry 57

Chapter 6 Dehumantzation 65

Chapter 7 The Church and White Supremacy 74

Chapter 8 Lack of Empathy 86

Chapter 9 The Myth That Blacks and Whites Are Monolithic 90

Chapter 10 Self-Segregation: American Apartheid 102

Part 2 The Ten Principles of Ubuntu: The Keys to Racial Healing 113

Chapter 11 Empathy: Listening Instead of Labeling 115

Chapter 12 Compromise: Talking to the Enemy 127

Chapter 13 Learning: The Power of Education 140

Chapter 14 Nonviolence: The Key to Social Change 153

Chapter 15 Change: Even Racists Can Be Transformed 161

Chapter 16 Forgiveness: The Pathway to Healing 173

Chapter 17 Restorative Justice: Saving the Future 185

Chapter 18 Love: Healing through Agape 201

Chapter 19 Spirituality: The Instrument of Our Common Humanity 216

Chapter 20 Hope: Rebirth of the American Dream 229

Epilogue 238

Acknowledgments 251

About the Author 252

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