Ethnic relations have for many years been directly in front of society's vision, and today more than ever, especially in America. Joseph Barndt has been deeply involved with the issue of 'antiracism', writing on the subject extensively and training a new generation to understand it. His commitment to tear down the ethnic barriers and social structures between all people - focusing on white America in this book - is commendable, and he digs into the history of the problem to uproot it, expose it to our society and sound a call to combat it. Using history to show where the modern problem has come from, he shows how it can easily be dealt with.
More than 15 years have passed since Joe Barndt wrote his influential and widely acclaimed Dismantling Racism (1991, Augsburg Books). He has now written a replacement volume - powerful, personal, and practical - that reframes the whole issue for the new context of the twenty-first century.With great clarity Barndt traces the history of racism, especially in white America, revealing its various personal, institutional, and cultural forms. Without demonizing anyone or any race, he offers specific, positive ways in which people in all walks, including churches, can work to bring racism to an end. He includes the newest data on continuing conditions of People of Color, including their progress relative to the minimal standards of equality in housing, income and wealth, education, and health. He discusses current dimensions of race as they appear in controversies over 9/11, New Orleans, and undocumented workers. Includes analytical charts, definitions, bibliography, and exercises for readers.