An open poem to my non-black friends

  • Rodney Coates
Keywords: Race, Class, Privilege, Oppression, White Supremacy,


This is for all my non-black friends who don't get it.

Author Biography

Rodney Coates
 Rodney D. Coates* born in East St. Louis, Ill., received his B.A. from Southern Illinois University, a M.A. in sociology and anthropology from the University of Illinois, a second M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He holds the rank of professor of sociology, social justice and gerontology and is the interim director of Black World Studies.  Dr. Coates specializes in the study of race and ethnic relations, inequality, critical race theory, and social justice.  He serves on the editorial boards of the Critical Sociology, Social Problems, American Behavioral Scientists, and Race, Class and Gender.      Coates is the recipient of several national and university awards.  In 2010, Coates received the Sociologist without borders Edward Said award for his scholarship and activism.  In 2013, Coates was awarded the Global Teaching and Learning Award for his path breaking course that linked Miami students with students from 18 different countries in a course on Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights.  He was honored with the 2014 Founder's Award for Scholarship and Service from the American Sociological Association.  And this past September, Miami University awarded Coates with the Distinguished Teaching Award.    
How to Cite
Coates, R. (2015). An open poem to my non-black friends. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 5(1). Retrieved from
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