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Crews by Maria Hinojosa 

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan Discussion Questions

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende Discussion Questions

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd Discussion Questions

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris

Blood Done Sign My Name by Tim Tyson

When the Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Random Family:  Love, Drugs, Poverty and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian LeBlanc

Today's Hidden Racism: A Polite Apartied by Nino Amato

Dark Bargain by Lawrence Goldstone


Suggested Readings on Racism


  1. Allen, Theodore W., The Invention of the White Race: Racial Oppression and Social Control. (Volume I).  & The Origins of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America (Vol 2).  London: Verso Press, 1994.
  2. Almaguer, Racial Fault Lines:  The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California.  Berkeley, Univ Cal Press, 1994.
  3. Americans Friends Service Committee, ed. Resistance in Paradise: Rethinking 100 Years of US Involvement in the Caribbean and the Pacific. AFSC: Philadelphia, 1998.
  4. Carew, Jan, Columbus and the Origins of Racism in the Americas: in Fulcrums of Change: African Presence in the Americas. NJ: Africa World Press, 1988. p. 3-48
  5. Edsall, Thomas Byrne & Mary D., Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights and Taxes on American Politics. NY: Norton, 1991.
  6. Galeano, Eduardo. Memory of Fire, London: Quartet, 1985.
  7. Gonzales, Jr., Juan L. Racial and Ethnic Groups in America. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1993.
  8. Higgenbotham, Jr., A.Leon  In the matter of Color: Race & the American Legal Process: The Colonial Period.  Oxford Univ. Press, 1978.
  9. Omi, Michael & Winant, Howard, Racial Formation in the U.S. from the 1960s to the 1990s., Routledge Press, 1994
  10. Rethinking Schools, ed. Rethinking Columbus. MN 1998.
  11. Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1993.
  12. Zinn, Howard., A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present; Perennial; Revised and Updated edition, September 2001.



  1. Brant, Beth, ed. A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women. NY: Firebrand Books, 1988.
  2. Brown, Dee, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: an Indian History of the American West. NY: Henry Holt, 1970
  3. Jaimes, M.Annette, ed., The State of Native America: Genocide, Colonization and Resistance.  Boston: South End Press, 1992
  4. Smith, Paul Chaat & Warrior, Robert Allen, Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. NY: The New Press, 1996.
  5. Weatherford, Jack, Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World. NY: Fawcett Columbine, 1988.
  6. Maawanji'iding - Gathering Together: Ojibwe Histories and Narratives from Wisconsin, Volume I a Digital Archives Project (Can order CD-ROM at; contains hours of stories and hundreds of images and archival documents related to the history and culture of the Ojibwe communities in the ceded territories of northern Wisconsin)
  7. Books by Vine Deloria (Native American History author)
  8. Video "In Whose Honor" - a documentary about the Native American struggle to remove Indian mascots.


  1. Giddings, Paula When & Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. NY: Random House, 1984
  2. Harding, Vincent, There is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America. NY; Vintage books, 1983.
  3. Malcolm X: The Autobiography of Malcolm X. NY: Grove Press, 1965, also On Afro-American History. NY: Pathfinder, 1990.
  4. Payne, Charles, I've Got the Light of Freedom; The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle.  Berkeley: Univ of Cal. Press, 1995.
  5. Shakur, Assata, ASSATA: An Autobiography. Lawrence Hill & Co; April 1988
  6. Sertima, Ivan Van, They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America. NY: Random House, 1976.
  7. Smith, Barbara. The Truth that Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender and Freedom, Rutgers University Press, September 2000.
  8. West, Cornell. Race Matters, N.Y., Vintage, 1993.
  9. Any books by bell hooks, African American author
  10. Sweet Honey and the Rock (check out their awesome  music)
  11. Eyes on the Prize, Parts I & II (Video series)
  12. Film: "4 Little Girls", a Spike Lee film about the Birmingham Four.


  1. Acuna, Rodolfo. Occupied America: A History of Chicanos. NY: Harper 1988.
  2. Anzaldua, Gloria. Borderlands, La Fronteras. 1999
  3. Fox, Geoffrey. Hispanic Nation, Secaucus, NY: Carol Publishing Group, 1996.
  4. Martinez, Elizabeth: 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures. Albuquerque: South West Organizing Project, 1991.
  5. Martinez, Elizabeth: De Colores Means All of Us:  Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century. Cambridge: South End Press, 1998
  6. Piri, Thomas, Down These Mean Streets. NY: Vintage, 1967
  7. Shorris, Earl. Latinos: A Biography of the People. NY: W.W. Norton, 1992.
  8. Stavans, Ilan. The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture & Identity in America. NY: Harper Collins 1995.
  9. Viva La Causa (Video of "500 Years") SWOP, 1997
  10. Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Edward Olmos, (Video)


  1. Aguilar-San Juan, Karin, The State if Asian America: Activism and Resist5ance in the 1990's. Boston: South End Press, 1990.
  2. Asian Women United of California, ed., Making Waves: An Anthology of Writing by and about Asian American Women. Boston: Beacon Press, 1989.
  3. Chan, Sucheng. Hmong Means Free. 1994
  4. Ching Yoon Louie, Miriam, Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take On the Global Factory, July 2001
  5. Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux; 1998
  6. Fugita, Stephen S., & O'Brien, David J. The Japanese American Experience, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1991.
  7. Nee, Victor G & Brett De Bary, Longtime Californ': A Documentary Study of an American Chinatown. NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1972.
  8. Takaki, Ronald, Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. NY: Penguin Books, 1989.



  1. Lerner, Michael & West, Cornel. Jews & Blacks. NY: Penguin Group, 1996.
  2. Sacks, Karen Brodkin, (article) How Did Jews Become White Folks? In Race. Edited by Steven Gregory & Roger San Jek. NY: Rutgers University Press, 1994.



  1. Allen, Robert, Reluctant Reformers: Racism and Social Reform Movements in the United States. Washington, DC: Howard Univ. Press, 1983.
  2. Cose, Ellis. The Rage of a Privileged Class., NY: Harper Collins, 1993.
  3. Cose, Ellis. Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race in a Race Obsessed World. NY: Harper Collins, 1997.
  4. Crass, Chris. Collective Liberation on My Mind (a collection of anti-racist essays and personal transformation);  To order, write to Karl at
  5. Davis, Angela, Women, Race and Class. NY: Vintage Books, 1983.
  6. Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie. NY: Verso Press, 1997.
  7. Ignatiev, Noel, How the Irish Became White. NY: Routledge, 1995.
  8. Katz, Judith H. White Awareness, Handbook for anti-racism training, University of Oklahoma Press, 1978.
  9. Kivel, Paul, Uprooting Racism: How White People can Work for Racial Justice, Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 1996
  10. McIntosh, Peggy.  While Privilege: Unpacking the Knapsack, article
  11. Pharr, Suzanne (articles) Transformation: Newsletter of the Women's Project. Women's Project, 2224 Main Street; Little Rock, Arizona, 72206
  12. Rothenberg, Paula S. White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism
  13. Rubin, Lillian B., Families, on the Fault Line: America's Working Class Speaks about the Family, the Economy, Race and Ethnicity. NY: Harper Perennial, 1994.
  14. Segrest, Mab, Memoir of a Race Traitor
  15. Thandeka, Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America, NY: Continuum, 1999.



  1. Bucher, Richard D. Diversity Consciousness. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, '99
  2. Delpit, Lisa. Other Peoples' Children. NY: New Press, 1995.
  3. Derman-Sparks, Louise & Brunson Phillips, Carol, Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach. NY: Teachers College Press, 1997.
  4. Howard, Gary R., We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools (Multicultural Education Series), NY, N.Y., Feb 1999
  5. Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. NY: Harper Collins, 1991.
  6. Ladston-Billings, Gloria., Dreamkeepers, the Successful Teachers of African American Children.  Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1994.
  7. Ladston-Billings, Gloria., Crossing Over To Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms.  CEW National, 2002.
  8. Lee, Enid, Menkart, Deborah, & Okazawa-Re7y, Margo, ed., Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development.  Washington, DC: Network of Educators on the Americas (PO Box 73038 Washington, DC 20056-3038), 1998.
  9. Loewen, James W., Lies My Teacher Told Me, Touchstone Books; September 1996
  10. Rethinking Schools. (Bi-monthly newspaper) from Rethinking Schools. 1001 East Keefe Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53212.
  11. Tatum, Beverly Daniel, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and other conversations about race. NY: Basic Books, 1997.


  1. Detour Spotting for White Anti-Racists
  2. Confessions of a Recovering Racist
  3. Young Gifted and Black : Promoting High Achievement Among African-American Students
  4. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
  5. The Culture of Power

National Links: 

  1. National MultiCultural Institute:
  2. The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond:
  3. Social Justice Training Institute:
  4. Southern Poverty Law Center:
  5. StirFry Seminars.
  6. Study Circles Resource Center:
  7. White Privilege Conference:
  8. World Trust:

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