Knowingly and unknowingly we all grapple with race every day. Understanding White Privilege delves into the complex interplay between race, power, and privilege in both organizations and private life. It offers an unflinching look at how ignorance can perpetuate privilege, and offers practical and thoughtful insights into how people of all races can work to break this cycle. Based on thirty years of work in diversity and colleges, universities, and corporations, Frances Kendall candidly invites readers to think personally about how race — theirs and others’ — frames experiences and relationships, focusing squarely on white privilege and its implications for building authentic relationships across race.
This much-anticipated revised edition includes two full new chapters, one on white women and another extending the discussion on race. It continues the important work of the first, deepening our knowledge of the recurring history on which cross-race relationships issues exist. Kendall’s book provides readers with a more meaningful understanding of white privilege and equips them with strategies for making personal and organizational changes.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Beginning with Ourselves: The Importance of Doing Our Personal Work
Chapter Two: What’s In It For Us? Why We Would Explore What It Means to Be White
Chapter Three: What Does It Mean to Be White?
Chapter Four: Understanding White Privilege
Chapter Five: How White Women Reinforce the Supremacy of Whiteness
Chapter Six: Barriers to Clarity: What Keeps White People from Being Able to See Our Whiteness, and, Therefore, Our Privilege?
Chapter Seven: Now that (I Think) I Understand White Privilege, What Do I Do?
Chapter Eight: Talking about Race: What If They Call Me a Racist?
Chapter Nine: Talking About Whiteness and Being White
Chapter Ten: Becoming an Ally and Building Authentic Relationships Across Race: The Challenge and Necessity of Making Race Our Issue
Frances E. Kendall is a nationally known consultant who focuses on organizational change and communication, specializing in issues of diversity, social justice, and white privilege.