At our July 16 meeting with Robin Dettman problems facing education in metropolitan areas such as ours were discussed.  While poverty is a big issue complicating the improvement of city schools, racism is an issue that is intertwined with the economic issues in our society and which needs to be recognized, understood and dealt with to maximize progress.  Robin has put together a recommended reading list to help develop a deeper understanding of racism and what many of the contributing historic factors are that have and continue to contribute to this local and national disgrace.

Recommended reading list: by Robin Dettman

White Like Me                                   Tim Wise    

Between Barack and a Hard Place      Tim Wise

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome         Dr. Joy Degruy Leary

Afrocentricity: The Theory of Social Change (Revised and Expanded)    Dr. Molefi. Asante (September 1, 2003)

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Two weeks ago, Erica Bryant (D&C) recommended:  The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.  I am only about 1/4 through the book.  It is very disturbing and thought provoking.


Here is more detail about the subjects of these books. White Like Me and Between Barack and a Hard Place, discus "white privilege" and "white denial of racism".

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, written by Joy Degruy Leary, deals with the African American experience from 1619 and addresses these questions: "What do repeated traumas visited upon generation after generation of a people produce? What are the impacts of the ordeals associated with chattel slavery, and with the institutions that followed, on African Americans today?"

 Afrocentricity: The Theory of Social Change (Revised and Expanded), written by Molefi Asante (September 1, 2003). Dr. Asante is the Director of the African Studies Program at Temple University. Dr. Asante states that this text combines, "the elements of philosophy, science, history, and mythology to give us the clearest perspective on that peculiar and particular group of people called African - Americans."

Tim Wise also has a website: - the website is filled with a lot of great information and thought provoking commentary as well as links to videos of some of his presentations.

I'd also recommend checking out Arsalan Iftikhar's work ("The Muslim Guy") - his website is located here:


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