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Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation

Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation

Derald Wing Sue

ISBN: 978-1-118-53365-9 July 2003 Jossey-Bass 297 Pages


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This extraordinary book by Derald Wing Sue, a highly-regarded academic and author, helps readers understand and combat racism in themselves. It defines racism not only as extreme acts of hatred, but as "any attitude, action or institutional structure or social policy that subordinates a person or group because of their color." This landmark work offers an antidote to this pervasive social problem.
  • Shows how each of us has a role in the oppression of others, and what we can do about it
  • Offers a way to overcome racism on a very intimate level
  • Outlines specific guidelines and suggested activities
Preface xi

Part I: The Problem

1. Are You a Racist? 3

2. What Is Racism? 23

3. Do You Oppress? 45

4. What Is Your Racial Reality and That of White America? 71

5. Isn't Racism a White Problem? 97

6. What Does It Mean to Be White? 115

7. What Is White Privilege? 137

Part II: Overcoming the Problem

8. How Do You Develop a Nonracist White Identity? 163

9. What Must You Do to Combat Racism? 191

10. What Must Society Do to Combat Racism? 231

11. What Must People of Color Do to Overcome Racism? A Personal Message to My Brothers and Sisters of Color 255

Epilogue 277

Notes 281

About the Author 287

Index 289