A Beginning Resource List on Race, Whiteness, and Dharma

(Donald Rothberg, November 2015)

On Race:

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2012).

Shakti Butler, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity (film, 2013): http://crackingthecodes.org.

Joy DeGruy, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (2005).

Race: The Power of An Illusion: PBS Film (2003): See also: http://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm.

Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (2008).

James Washington (ed.), A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1986).

Cornel West, Race Matters (1993).

On Whiteness:

Shakti Butler, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible (film, 2008): http://world-trust.org/mirrors-of-privilege-making-whiteness-visible/.

Debby Irving, Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race (2014).

Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” (1988), available online.

Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (3rd edition, 2011); White Like Me (film, 2013, available on YouTube).

On Race and Dharma:

Hilda Gutiérrez Baldoquín (ed.), Dharma, Color, and Culture (2004).

Buddhadharma Magazine, Forum: Why Is American Buddhism So White? (Fall 2011)—with Charles Johnson, Larry Yang, Amanda Rivera, angel Kyodo Williams, and Bob Agoglia.

Kate Dugan & Hilary Bogert, “Racial Diversity in Buddhism in the U.S.” (2006): http://pluralism.org/research/reports/dugan/diversity_buddhism.pdf.

Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist Communities (2000): http://www.spiritrock.org/document.doc?id=9.

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender (2015).

White Awake Website: “White Awake is an open source curriculum that utilizes mindfulness in the development of white racial awareness”: http://whiteawake.org.

Larry Yang, “Renouncing the Colonial Self: An Interview” (2013): http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/renouncing-the-colonial-self-an-interview-with-dharma-teacher-larry-yang/.