If you are white and live in America, the odds are-- no matter what your economic status or educational background-- you are a racist! However painful and embarrassing to admit, we all have innate, long-standing, and instinctive attitudes, stereotypes, and prejudices toward other ethnic and racial groups. "Overcoming Our Racism" is an extraordinary book that helps you-- no matter what your race or ethnic origin-- make an honest appraisal of yourself and your biases and prejudices and guides you on your journey to becoming a person who truly values inclusion, respect, fairness, and the upholding of social justice. Written by Derald Wing Sue-- a pioneer and highly regarded leader in the field of multicultural psychology, counseling, and therapy-- this much-needed book shows how each of us has had a role in the oppression of others and outlines the steps we need to take to overcome our racism. Using this book as a guide, you can clearly see your own racism and overcome your prejudices on a very personal level. You can learn to take responsibility for your most intimate attitudes and understand where they came from. Once reaching this point, you can go on to discover the various cultures in the United States by reading and by associating with strong and healthy individuals of color. Then you can experience the reality of their lives, personalize your understanding with guides and advisers, and eventually transform yourself to become an ally, activist, teacher, and student, working toward mutually shared goals in equal-status relationships. This exceptional and challenging book will inspire you to take this rewarding journey and become less afraid and intimidated by differences, learn to communicate more openly with family, friends, and coworkers, increase your appreciation of people of all colors and cultures in our pluralistic society, and feel a sense of unity and interconnectedness with all humanity.
Derald Wing Sue is an Asian American professor. He moves the focus of racism from being black/white to being a truly multicultural discussion. The subtitle of this book says it all: Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation
5. Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey
Racism is defined in distinct and concrete terms. For people of color, institutional racism is obvious. For white people, because they benefit directly from institutional racism, they are complacent about doing anything to change it. Sue's book is divided into two parts. Part One clearly defines the problem while Part Two outlines how to overcome the problem. The keys to changing the effects of racism lie in the hands of white people. It will take a great amount of inner work on the part of white people for there to be real change. Overcoming Our Racism is a handbook for doing this work.
Whileit may be painful and embarrassing to admit, we all have long-standingand instinctive attitudes, stereotypes and prejudices towards otherethnic and racial groups. Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology andEducation has written Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation (Jossey-Bass) to help people of all races or ethnicities to take an honest look at themselves and make some changes.