Item description for Dismantling Racism by Joseph Barndt & Joseph Brandt...
Overview This book does not intend to attack or to produce guilt, but its message is tough and demanding. It begins by analyzing racism as it is today and the ways it has changed or not changed over the past few decades. Most important, the book focuses on the task of dismantling racism, how we can work to bring it to an end and build a racially just, multiracial, multicultural society.
Publishers Description Racism has reemerged, dramatically and forcefully. All of us -- people of color and white people alike -- are damaged by its debilitating effects. In this book, the author addresses the "majority," the white race in the United States. Racism permeates the individual attitudes and behavior of white people, but even more seriously, it permeates public systems, institutions, and culture. This book does not intend to attack or to produce guilt, but its message is tough and demanding. It begins by analyzing racism as it is today and the ways it has changed or not changed over the past few decades. Most important, the book focuses on the task of dismantling racism, how we can work to bring it to an end and build a racially just, multiracial, and multicultural society. Churches are not strangers to the task of combating racism, but so much of what we have done is too little, too late. We have yet to make a serious impact in the racism that surrounds us and is within us. This book calls us to begin our next assault on the demonic evil of racism. The result that it seeks is freedom for all races, all people.
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Studio: AUGSBURG BOOKS
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1991
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0806625767 ISBN13 9780806625768
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Does it make you feel better? Oct 6, 2006
Once again we read that other minorities can't be racist, as if racism were an illness only certain group of people can acquire. Racism has nothing to do with power, though power certainly helps it go down easier. The reason behind the "we ain't racist" approach is quite simple. After the civil rights movement of the 1960's many blacks(and their white syncophants)found it difficult to push their own race agenda. Thus,what better than to label all whites as racist(see white studies programs) and push the agenda that minorities do not have the capacity to be racist. Thus, only whites are deemed perpetrators of "hate crimes" and blacks who kill whites(which they do regularly) are presented in the court system as victims of white oppression. This is a society permeated by white people, their attitudes, culture and institutions-says one poster. Tell us what is wrong with that. Isn't China a society permeated by Chinese?
Excellant! Aug 7, 2006
Shows how Caucasians continue to abuse us and our colored heritage; this book could work wonders as a mandatory classroom read in predominantly White high schools.
A must read for all Americans! Sep 6, 2005
We have found the enemy and he is us.
Difficult Conversations Oct 7, 2004
I'm reading this book for a class on Difficult Conversations and highly recommend it. However, I feel a need to respond to another review.
I appreciate jmk444 taking the time to read Brandt's book and responding in a manner that honestly expresses jnmk444's feelings, however, the reviewer misrepresents what Barndt says concerning racism. The reviewer writes, "The fact is that "racism" is defined as believing your own race to be superior to others." This may be the way the reviewer defines racism, but Barndt is quite clear how he defines it: "Racism goes beyond prejudice. It is backed up by power. Racism is the power to enforce one's prejudices" (page 28) (Barndt's use of prejudice is, I believe, similar to the reviewer's use of bigotry). Barndt goes on to assert that the dominate power operating in the United States is that of white people, hence only white people can be racist. African-Americans, Latino, and others can be prejudiced as well as whites, but because they do not hold the power, they cannot be racist.
As a white person, it is hard to consider myself a racist, and I have tried hard to wiggle out of it, using much of the emotional and reason-filled thinking exhibited by this reviewer. I'm not there yet, but Barndt's book makes a compelling argument that can only be immediately dismissed by those who wish to be blind to the power differential in this country. If you doubt that as a white person you have certain privileges because of your skin color, I would suggest looking up Peggy McIntosh's article, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Terribly misguided and incredibly simplistic... Apr 9, 2002
The Reverend Joseph Brandt has created a cottage industry of providing "diversity seminars" on College campuses across the nation. Most of his teachings are encapsulated in this book.
What's wrong with Brandt's track? Well, it's a screed, more than it is a book. A screed that blames whites for all the evils of the world and sees "racism" solely from the view of "white against other." This ignores the reality that (1) bigotry NOT "racism" is the problem and (2) every ethnic group, in every culture harbors some petty bigotries.
This makes Brandt's ideas not merely misguided and wrong-headed but dangerous. Brandt's views feed the anti-white bigotry that is endemic in much of the African-American community. How can an ideology that promotes bigotry help end it? In short, it can't.
Worse yet, Brandt can't back up his viewpoints with facts so instead he quotes Old Testament scripture, often unrelated to his assertions. People like Brandt make a living off "racism," both real and perceived, so they have no vested interest in finding any legitimate solutions to dealing with bigotry. In fact, his teaching promote bigotry as a path to dealing with "racism."
Confused? You're not alone.
The fact is that "racism" is defined as believing your own race to be superior to others. In that regard anyone who exhibits any kind of racial pride - white pride, black pride or any other, is, by definition, "racist." The more insecure and less educated a person is, the more likely they are to take pride in things like race that they've no control over. Pride should be reserved for achievements. None of us "achieved" being born black or Asian or white.
Bigotry is something else altogether. Bigotry is the hating of others for what they are. That's why bigotry is a lot more dangerous than "racism" is and it's also why so many people use the term "racism" when they really mean bigotry. The inane definition that "racism is the use of power by one group over another" is specious. Ethnic majorities and minorities have peacefully coexisted all over the globe despite the majority (regardless of race) having voting and purchasing power over the minorities.
That's why this book is so destructive, it claims to seek an end to "racism" through the promotion of anti-white bigotry. I wish I could find something nice to say about this tract, but it is demonstrably wrong in its approach, misguided in the viewpoint it proffers and dangerous in that it actually promotes a virulent anti-white bigotry.
I've never given a book a single star before but this one gets just that.