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Fire in the HeartHow White Activists Embrace Racial Justice$
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Mark R. Warren

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751242.001.0001

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“Where Do I Fit?”

“Where Do I Fit?”

Building New Identities in Multiracial Communities

(p.183) Chapter Seven “Where Do I Fit?”
Fire in the Heart

Mark R. Warren

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This chapter notes that white activists fall between their social identity with other whites and their political stance with communities of color. In other words, they share a history and culture with mainstream white Americans, but they have made a political break with its dominant ideology and values. Yet the power of racial identification maintains some distance between them and communities of color. Activists seem to accept a degree of tension today while working toward building a new community based upon shared values in the moral and political project of racial justice. A few activists become loners in a sense, people who do not care so much about belonging. However, the vast majority seek a place in which to belong in activist communities. In the end, multiracial political solidarity needs to rest upon progress in creating multiracial social solidarity.

Keywords:   white activists, racism, social identity, racial identification, racial justice, multiracial solidarity

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