From Do-Gooder to Deeper Commitment
Relationships with People of Color
This chapter examines the effects on white activists of relationships with people of color. People of color develop their understanding of racism in part from their own experience and that of their family members, neighbors, and friends. The discussion shows that white people can also develop an ethic of care. Relationships with people of color are a key link in the development of an understanding of racism and a commitment that makes the political issue of racial justice personal. The first part of the chapter examines the various ways that relationships increase white people's understanding of racism. The second part discusses how activists create close bonds with people of color and come to care about racism.
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