What Anti-racists Stand to Gain from Greater Class Awareness

  • Betsy Leondar-Wright
Keywords: Race, Racism, Class, Classism, Culture, Gender, Social Justice, Tools, Strategies, Communication

Abstract

Anti-racist efforts are often weakened by professional-middle-class cultural practices, and sometimes even by outright classism. To mobilize more white working-class people against racism
often requires changing our diversity practices and vocabulary and building more cross-class alliances. Strengthening the class component of race/class/gender intersections will pay off with a
bigger and more diverse movement for social justice.

Author Biography

Betsy Leondar-Wright
Leondar-Wright, PhD, is the Program Director at Class Action (www.classism.org). She is the author of "Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists" and co-author of "The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide." A long-time economic justice advocate, she has led more than 100 workshops on classism and organizational class dynamics. She is currently turning her doctoral dissertation in sociology at Boston College into a book on how social justice activists from diverse classes approach group problems differently.
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