Race and Ethnic Relations
White Nation: Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society
White Nation
Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society
Paperback      ISBN: 0415929237

Using the experience of immigration policy and the rise of Pauline Hanson's neo-fascist One Nation party in Australia, Hage (anthropology, U. of Sydney) argues that white racists and tolerant multiculturists both see their nation structured around a white culture that they control, with aboriginal people and migrants as exotic objects. His study was first published in 1998 by Pluto Press in Australia and Comerford and Miller in Britain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region
After Canaan
Essays on Race, Writing, and Region
Paperback      ISBN: 1551523744

"Compton pushes us to look beneath the surface--past those comforting tales of nationhood and racial solidarity--to the more nebulous and ever-shifting truth. This is a brilliant and original work that should be mandatory reading for any student of race and history."--Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia

After Canaan, the first nonfiction book by acclaimed African Canadian poet Wayde Compton, repositions the North American discussion of race in the wake of the tumultuous twentieth century. Written from the perspective of someone who was born and lives outside of African American culture, it riffs on the concept of Canada as a promised land (or "Canaan") encoded in African American myth and song since the days of slavery. These varied essays, steeped in a kind of history rarely written about, explore the language of racial misrecognition (also known as "passing"), the failure of urban renewal, humor as a counterweight to "official" multiculturalism, the poetics of hip hop turntablism, and the impact of the Obama phenomenon on the way we speak about race itself. Compton marks the passing of old modes of antiracism and multiculturalism, and points toward what may or may not be a "post-racial" future, but will without doubt be a brave new world of cultural perception.

After Canaan is a brilliant and thoughtful consideration of African (North) American culture as it attempts to redefine itself in the Obama era.

Wayde Compton's previous books include the poetry collections 49th Parallel Psalm and Performance Bond. He teaches English in Vancouver, BC.

White Lies White Power: The Fight Against White Supremacy and Reactionary Violence
White Lies White Power
The Fight Against White Supremacy and Reactionary Violence
Paperback      ISBN: 1567510507
Growing Up White: A Veteran Teacher Reflects on Racism
Growing Up White
A Veteran Teacher Reflects on Racism
Hardcover      ISBN: 1578868378

Growing Up White is for everyone who wants to know more about our schools, our community, our country, and ourselves. Julie Landsman takes the reader on an inventory of her life, pulling from events and scenes, a set of lessons learned. She discloses honestly and unflinchingly the privileges she has experienced as a white person and connects those to her presence in city classrooms where she taught for over 25 years. As a teacher Julie made mistakes, learned from them, made more and concludes that understanding race in America is an ongoing process. Her book is rich with suggestions for working in our schools today, where we find a primarily white teaching force and an expanding population of students of color. She believes that these students make our schools rich and exciting places in which to work. Landsman also believes that white teachers can reach their students in deep and positive ways. Because she invites you to go along with her in revealing the basis of her upbringing and her choices, the story itself is engaging. Readers arrive at the final chapters with an appreciation not only for the complexity of our history as individuals around race, gender and class but with real hope in education as a way to create a place where all children get a fair chance at success. Julie can be reached at jlandsman@goldengate.net.

Miami
Miami
Paperback      ISBN: 067166820x

Looks at the relationship between Miami natives and the Cuban refugees trying to establish new lives

Race Contacts and Interracial Relations: Lectures on the Theory and Practice of Race
Race Contacts and Interracial Relations
Lectures on the Theory and Practice of Race
Hardcover      ISBN: 0882581376

In five lectures that he delivered at Howard U. in 1916, Locke, Howard U. professor of philosophy and critic of the Harlem Renaissance, examines race and racism in 20th-century social relations and provides a means of analyzing race and ethnic conflict in relation to economic and political changes in society. Jeffrey C. Stewart provides an extensive contextual introduction. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession
Race
How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession
Hardcover      ISBN: 1565840003

Race is once again a leading issue in American politics. The clock has been turned back on the progress of the 1960s, and again hostility, resentment and racial conflict threaten to divide the nation.

A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America
A Country of Strangers
Blacks and Whites in America
Paperback      ISBN: 0679734546
A Country of Strangers is a magnificent exploration of the psychological landscape where blacks and whites meet. To tell the story in human rather than abstract terms, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David K. Shipler bypasses both extremists and celebrities and takes us among ordinary Americans as they encounter one another across racial lines.

We learn how blacks and whites see each other, how they interpret each other's behavior, and how certain damaging images and assumptions seep into the actions of even the most unbiased. We penetrate into dimensions of stereotyping and discrimination that are usually invisible, and discover the unseen prejudices and privileges of white Americans, and what black Americans make of them.

We explore the competing impulses of integration and separation: the reference points by which the races navigate as they venture out and then withdraw; the biculturalism that many blacks perfect as they move back and forth between the white and black worlds, and the homesickness some blacks feel for the comfort of all-black separateness. There are portrayals of interracial families and their multiracial children--expert guides through the clashes created by racial blending in America. We see how whites and blacks each carry the burden of our history.

Black-white stereotypes are dissected: the physical bodies that we see, the mental qualities we imagine, the moral character we attribute to others and to ourselves, the violence we fear, the power we seek or are loath to relinquish.

The book makes clear that we have the ability to shape our racial landscape--to reconstruct, even if not perfectly, the texture of our relationships. There is an assessment of the complexity confronting blacks and whites alike as they struggle to recognize and define the racial motivations that may or may not be present in a thought, a word, a deed. The book does not prescribe, but it documents the silences that prevail, the listening that doesn't happen, the conversations that don't take place. It looks at relations between minorities, including blacks and Jews, and blacks and Koreans. It explores the human dimensions of affirmative action, the intricate contacts and misunderstandings across racial lines among coworkers and neighbors. It is unstinting in its criticism of our society's failure to come to grips with bigotry; but it is also, happily, crowded with black people and white people who struggle in their daily lives to do just that.

A remarkable book that will stimulate each of us to reexamine and better understand our own deepest attitudes in regard to race in America.
Foxholes & Color Lines: Desegregating the U.S. Armed Forces
Foxholes & Color Lines
Desegregating the U.S. Armed Forces
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801856906

The desegregation of the American armed forces -- one of the most sweeping changes in the military's history -- is widely remembered as a straightforward, relatively effortless process and a shining example of the effectiveness of America's military command. Foxholes and Color Lines challenges this view, revealing both the intense political conflict at the time and the strenuous opposition to racial integration within all branches of the armed forces.

We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation
We Are Not Such Things
The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation
Hardcover      ISBN: 0812994507
Justine van der Leun reopens the murder of a young American woman in South Africa, an iconic case that calls into question our understanding of truth and reconciliation, loyalty, justice, race, and class--a gripping investigation in the vein of the podcast Serial

"Timely . . . gripping, explosive . . . the kind of obsessive forensic investigation--of the clues, and into the soul of society--that is the legacy of highbrow sleuths from Truman Capote to Janet Malcolm."--The New York Times Book Review

The story of Amy Biehl is well known in South Africa: The twenty-six-year-old white American Fulbright scholar was brutally murdered on August 25, 1993, during the final, fiery days of apartheid by a mob of young black men in a township outside Cape Town. Her parents' forgiveness of two of her killers became a symbol of the Truth and Reconciliation process in South Africa. Justine van der Leun decided to introduce the story to an American audience. But as she delved into the case, the prevailing narrative started to unravel. Why didn't the eyewitness reports agree on who killed Amy Biehl? Were the men convicted of the murder actually responsible for her death? And then van der Leun stumbled upon another brutal crime committed on the same day, in the very same area. The true story of Amy Biehl's death, it turned out, was not only a story of forgiveness but a reflection of the complicated history of a troubled country.

We Are Not Such Things is the result of van der Leun's four-year investigation into this strange, knotted tale of injustice, violence, and compassion. The bizarre twists and turns of this case and its aftermath--and the story that emerges of what happened on that fateful day in 1993 and in the decades that followed--come together in an unsparing account of life in South Africa today. Van der Leun immerses herself in the lives of her subjects and paints a stark, moving portrait of a township and its residents. We come to understand that the issues at the heart of her investigation are universal in scope and powerful in resonance. We Are Not Such Things reveals how reconciliation is impossible without an acknowledgment of the past, a lesson as relevant to America today as to a South Africa still struggling with the long shadow of its history.

"A masterpiece of reported nonfiction . . . Justine van der Leun's account of a South African murder is destined to be a classic."--Newsday