Chris Crass: Antiracist Work for White People [Ep. 129]

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Chris Crass is one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice. He’s a social justice educator who writes and speaks widely on courage for racial justice, feminism for men, lessons from past movements, and creating healthy culture and leadership for progressive activism. He works with community groups, schools and faith communities to develop leadership and momentum for social justice action.

He was a founder of the anti-racist movement building center, the Catalyst Project, helped launch the national white anti-racist network, SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice). Rooted in his Unitarian Universalist faith, he works with congregations, seminaries, and religious activists to build the Spiritual Left. He is also the author of Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis, and movement building strategy and Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter. You can learn more about his work at www.chriscrass.org.

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Some highlights from Ryan Honeyman’s conversation with Chris Crass include: 

  • Chris’s path (as a white male) to learning more about his role in the racial justice movement.

  • Why we need more “awkward” white people to talk about race.

  • How to approach the concept of race versus class.

  • Why white racists are not actually supportive of white culture.

  • What steps a white person takes to become a better anti-racist ally.

  • Chris’s book, Towards The Other America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter.

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