UNDERSTANDING WHITENESS and RACISM in the US

 

1. Tatum, Beverley Daniel. Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

2. Thandeka. Learning to be White

3. Lazarre, Jane. Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons.

4. Kivel, Paul. Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. (Also: You Call This a Democracy. And Boys Will be Men–excellent resource on gender training. See www.paulkivel.com.)

5. Macintosh, Peggy. White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies.

6. Haley, Alex. The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

7. Confessions of a Race Traitor.

8. Frankenburg, Ruth. White Women, Race Matters.

9. Baldwin, James. White Man’s Guilt.

10. Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A Multicultural History of America (excellent history of racism in the US).

11. Wise, Tim. White Like Me (and many other books/articles; see www.timwise.org).
For EXCELLENT ARTICLES ON RACISM AND BUILDING ALLIANCES, see Unlearning Racism

 

RESOURCES WITH a BUDDHIST CONTEXT in the US (compiled by Kenji Liu and Swan Keyes)

1. Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist Communities.

2. Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism. Issues on uilding Alliances to Address Racism, Class, Buddhism in Las Americas, Asian American Buddhists, and African American Buddhists.

3. Gutierrez Baldoquin, Hilda: Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism

4. Dresser , Marianne (ed). Buddhist Women on the Edge: Contemporary Perspectives from the Western Frontier.

5. hooks, bell. Contemplation and Transformation.

6. Willis, Jan. Dreaming Me: From Baptist to Buddhist, One Woman’s Spiritual Journey.

7. Queen, Christopher S. (ed). Engaged Buddhism in the West.

8. Green, Paula. Walking for Peace: Nipponzan Myohoji.

9. Chappell, David. W. Racial Diversity in the Soka Gakkai.

10. Friedman, Lenore and Moon, Sue (eds). Being Bodies: Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Enlightenment

 

RECOMMENDED FILMS ON RACISM

1. Race: The Power of an Illusion. By California Newsreel. Excellent documentary. See: http://www.newsreel.org/nav/title.asp?tc=cn0149

2. Bamboozled. By Spike Lee. (And many other films by Lee.)

3. The Color of Fear. 8 men of different racial backgrounds, very useful & somewhat problematic film dealing with racism; focuses on getting one white guy to see past his “colorblindness.” By Stirfry Productions.

4. Last Chance for Eden (men & women, mainly addressing racism, with some acknowledgment of other isms) By Stirfry Productions.

5. Skin Deep (18-25 year old college students dealing with racism).

6. Gentleman’s Agreement (film from late 1940’s addressing anti-Semitism and what it means to be an ally)