A Recipe Guide for Conversations About Race That Goes Beyond Covered Dishes and “Kum-Bah-Ya”
By Robin Parker and Pamela Smith Chambers
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Many people are distressed by the topic of race, but few know how to talk about it. Parker and Chambers caution us, “With so much ‘happening’ around race, yet so little spoken about race, the topic takes on a forbidden air.” Our worst fear is that confronting racial issues will lead us to anger, misunderstanding or even violence. Dialogue offers a solution. How do we begin that dialogue? The Anti-Racist Cookbook offers effective, practical answers.
Why The Anti-Racist Cookbook Is Important
- Conversations about race are key to solving America’s racial inequities and building truly inclusive communities, workplaces and schools. The Anti-Racist Cookbook gives ordinary people ways to initiate such conversations. The authors reveal insights from their lengthy experience as facilitators of cross-race discussions.
- Research shows that conversations about race among diverse individuals reduce ignorance, prejudice and anger, and deepen cross-race relationships. The Anti-Racist Cookbook offers an easy-to-use guide for talking about what has been called “the hardest topic to discuss in our society.
- Creating meaningful cross-race conversations will help make real this country’s fundamental principles of justice, equality, opportunity and racial inclusion for all. The Anti-Racist Cookbook turns talk into action through conversational recipes and intervention strategies that can positively change the climate for diversity where people live and work.
Praise for The Anti-Racist Cookbook
“Rarely do books offer practical advice on how we can all begin to challenge racism in our personal and professional lives. But that is just what The Antiracist Cookbook does, and amazingly well at that. Here are steps that anyone can take–some fairly basic, others more advanced, but all worthwhile–which, if implemented by more people in this country, would begin to move our culture and its institutions away from the inequity and unfairness which have too often been their hallmarks. I recommend it for activists, educators, and anyone else interested in answering the question “what can we do and how can we do it?”
—Tim Wise, author, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
“The Anti-Racist Cookbook is clear, comprehensive, easy to use, and provides tools in a way that empowers the reader to put the tools to use. It will help people in their daily lives and encourage positive change in our communities through constructive conversations about understanding and working on racism. I thank the authors for what they have taught me and for taking each reader another step forward.”
—Priscilla Adams, Regional Secretary for Quaker Concerns, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
The Great White Elephant
A Workbook on Racial Privilege for White Anti-Racists
By Robin Parker and Pamela Smith Chambers
- Great Supplemental Text for College Classes
- Perfect Resource for Diversity Training
- A Must-Read—Like No Other Work on Racial Privilege
The Great White Elephant brings new insights to racial privilege. Although “racial privilege” is not a new term in diversity studies, the authors, Robin Parker and Pamela Smith Chambers, point out an essential truth: “As a society, we don’t want to talk about racial privilege.” In fact, they say that we don’t want to talk about why we don’t want to talk about it. Thus, it becomes the proverbial “’elephant in the room,’ that loudly trumpets over our conversations, knocks over all the furniture that would otherwise provide a comfortable place for us to meet, and sends people…running for safety.”
Parker and Chambers take this difficult topic and teach valuable lessons of hope and change. Through provocative exercises like an analysis of the Cinderella fairy tale, or examining societal rules of denial, readers find wholly new ways to think about race and race relations. The workbook offers a practical and engaging foundation on racial privilege, and a resource that stimulates thinking and encourages readers to become active participants in the solution to one of the thorniest issues confronting our workplaces, schools, and communities.
The Great White Elephant shines as a book for individuals just starting to learn about racial privilege and for established diversity practitioners. It features:
- In-book exercises
- An emphasis on experiential learning and personal reflection
- A new mental model for addressing racial privilege
- Instruction on how one “Big Question” can change racial awareness
50 pages, 8.5 X 11, paperback, comb binding, reading list, note pages
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