Mary Hess, professor of educational leadership, is co-author with Stephen Brookfield of “Becoming a White Antiracist: A Practical Guide for Educators, Leaders, and Activists.” The book was released by Stylus Publishing in April. It was written to answer the question that many white people have when confronted with the need to work for racial justice: “What can I do?”
“Becoming a White Antiracist ” is a practical guide with chapters on topics such as embracing the discomfort of race talk, running honest and inclusive discussions about race, responding to resistance to antiracist efforts, and more. The ideas encourage white people to move beyond guilt and shame and engage in work that challenges and helps to dismantle systemic racism.
Mary C. Boys, Skinner & McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, writes, “This is a book born out of passion, learning, and reflection. The many insights Brookfield and Hess offer their readers originate from their own attentiveness to sociocultural realities, their substantial knowledge of work countering racism, and their wide experience in collaborating with educators to foster just educational processes. I highly recommend ‘Becoming a White Antiracist’ as a book to be read and put into practice.”