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Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Societyby John A. Powell
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Renowned social justice advocate john a. powell persuasively argues that we have not achieved a post-racial society and that there is much work to do to redeem the American promise of inclusive democracy. Culled from a decade of writing about social justice and spirituality, these meditations on race, identity, and social policy provide an outline for laying claim to our shared humanity and a way toward healing ourselves and securing our future. Racing to Justice challenges us to replace attitudes and institutions that promote and perpetuate social suffering with those that foster relationships and a way of being that transcends disconnection and separation.
About the Author
john a. powell is Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor's Chair in Equity and Inclusion. He is author (with Gavin Kearney and Vina Kay) of In Pursuit of a Dream Deferred, and (with Laughlin McDonald) of The Rights of Racial Minorities: The Basic ACLU Guide to Racial Minority Rights.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Moving Beyond the Isolated Self
I. Race and Racialization
1. Post-Racialism or Targeted Universalism?
2. The Colorblind Multiracial Dilemma: Racial Categories Reconsidered
3. The Racing of American Society: Race Functioning as a Verb Before Signifying as a Noun
II. White Privilege
4. Whites Will Be Whites: The Failure to Interrogate Racial Privilege
5. White Innocence and the Courts: Jurisprudential Devices that Obscure Privilege
III. The Racialized Self
6. Dreaming of a Self Beyond Whiteness and Isolation
7. The Multiple Self: Implications for Law and Social Justice
8. Lessons from Suffering: How Social Justice Informs Spirituality
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