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Recommended Reading about Racism

Witnessing Whiteness: First Steps Toward an Antiracist Practice and Culture

by Shelley Tochluck, Ph.D

Dr. Tochluck attempts to address “whiteness” in the US with testimony by various cross-cultural leaders, activists and artists, male and female. In an easy to read style, Witnessing Whiteness helps people understand why race is still a relevant issue, how race influences white people’s daily lives, and how to develop the beginnings of an antiracist practice. This book is accessible and intended for all people, but speaks directly to educators and trainers at various levels. For a book discussion of Witnessing Whiteness, meeting 3 evenings on 10/23, 11/20 & 12/4, see

Race Matters

by Cornel West

As a scholar, theologian and activist, Cornel West has built a reputation as one of the most eloquent voices in Amercia’s racial debate. West’s subject matter ranges from the crisis in black leadership to the myths surrounding black sexuality; from affirmative action to black-Jewish relations. Bold in its thought and written with a redemptive passion grounded in the traditions of the African American church, Race Matters is a work that is at once challenging and deeply healing.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black youth seated together in the cafeteria — and the White, Latino, Asian Pacific, and American Indian youth clusted in their own groups, too. The same phenomenon can be observed in college dining halls, faculty lounges, and in corporate cafeterias. Is this selfsegregation a problem we should try to fix, or a coping strategy we should support? How can we get past our reluctance to talk about racial issues? This book has helped thousands of readers figure out where to start. Tatum’s remarkable book provides innovative ways to think and talk about race.

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