Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups


Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups


This resource book is a compilation of materials designed to supplement a Dismantling Racism workshop. Because this resource book is never complete please download the latest version from the Western States Center's website. The version here was downloaded on 15 August 2017.

The pages you see here change regularly based on the feedback and critical thinking or workshop participants and others who use them.

The contents include:

The Context of Dismantling Racism Work 4
A Philosophy of Reform 5
Diversity Training: Good for Business but Insufficient for Social Change 6
Dismantling Racism Training Assumptions 9
Developing a Shared Language and Analysis 10
Not Vanishing 11
A History: The Construction of Race and Racism 12
The Common Elements of Oppression / Terms and Definitions 26
Models for Understanding how racism works 37
From Internalized Racist Oppression to Empowerment 40
The Impact of Internalized Racist Oppression on our Community 41
Poems: Martín Espada 42
Ladder of Empowerment 44

From Internalized White Supremacy to Anti-Racist White Ally 48
The Impact of Internalized White Supremacy in our Community 49
White People’s Resistance 50
For the white person who wants to be my friend 53
Characteristics of Anti-Racist white allies 54
Anti-Racist Organizational Development 56
Anti-Racist Organizational Development – 4 stages 57
Assessing Organizational Racism 65
Change Teams 68
Caucuses 73
Moving Racial Justice Organizing 76
Racing the Northwest: The Organizing Challenge in a Changing Region 79
Moving Racial Justice: Are you ready? 90
Criteria Worksheet 104
Naming and Framing Racism 107
Building Alliances Across Race: Principles 112
Organizations Holding Elected or Community Leaders of Color Accountable 115
Resources: Videos and Recommended Reading 117


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Western States Center, “Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed January 30, 2023, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/221.