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Occupying Privilege; Conversations on Love, Race, & Liberation
A new book by JLove Calderon
In Occupying Privilege, today’s cultural icons–writers, activists, educators, and artists—offer unique and fresh perspectives on white supremacy, white privilege, and racial justice.
So, um, what the hell is white privilege anyway, and do I have it?
The short answer is if you’re white, yeah, you do. Good news is, there’s a lot we can do, together, to undo the power dynamics and racism which keep us from embracing freedom for all. Imagine if we could all agree that racism does exist, without the feelings of blame, shame, and guilt, then we could be in the business of changing it. This book will help you get there. A book for the people by the people, told through stories, conversations, letters, and essays, readers will learn about white supremacy, media’s spin control, (mis)education, the criminal IN-justice system, cultural appropriation, and racism’s continued impact on people of color and white people.
When you Occupy Privilege you’ll discover:
- The difference (and there are many!) between white privilege, white supremacy, racism, discrimination and more–knowledge is power!
- The stories and struggles of people of all color, their own relation to privilege, and how they are undoing it one poem, flow, rhyme, letter, beat, and day at a time. Here, the personal is political.
- How not to drown in the guilt of the history of whiteness in America. You are not alone in this work!
Buy this book, support a movement! 100% of the proceeds from the first year of sales go to these six non-profit organizations fighting for racial justice and liberation.
Rebel Diaz Arts Collective: A Hip-Hop community center in the South Bronx, NY that provides a safe space for cultural exchanges through performances, educational workshops, and multi-media training.
www.rdacbx.org (Bronx, NYC)
Groundwork: A white anti-racist collective dismantling white supremacy to achieve racial justice in our communities.
www.groundworkmadison.wordpress.com (Madison, WI)
The Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere(AWARE-LA): is an alliance of white anti-racist people working together to challenge racism and work for racial justice in transformative alliance with people of color. We take collective action to build white anti-racist and multiracial alliances to challenge the white supremacist system and all systems of oppression.
www.awarela.org (Los Angeles, CA)
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond: An organization that focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.
www.pisab.org (New Orleans, LA)
El Puente: New York’s most comprehensive Latino arts and cultural center inspiring and nurturing leadership for peace and justice.
www.elpuente.us (Brooklyn, NYC)
Catalyst: A center for political education and movement building. Committed to anti-racist work with mostly white sections of left/radical social movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial left movements for liberation.
www.collectiveliberation.org (San Francisco, CA)
Sonia Sanchez, Tim Wise, Inga Muscio, Rosa Clemente, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Eddie Ellis, Margery Freeman, Jeff Chang, M1, Suheir Hammad, Jonny 5 (Flobots), Danny Hoch, Talib Kweli & his father Dr. Perry Greene, Dr. Pedro Noguera, April Silver, Dr. Marcella Runell Hall, Cameron Levin, Susan B. Goldberg, Dr. Jared Ball & his mother Arnette Ball, Baba Israel, Sofia Quintero, Esther Armah, Chelsea Gregory, Hector Calderon, and more.
“JLove Calderón addresses the often-ignored reality of “white privilege” and all that comes with it. If we are going to progress into an age of true equality and fairness everyone must examine how we can aspire to become a post-racial society.” ~Russell Simmons
“When privilege is a way of life it can become over looked. Occupying Privilege enables white men and women to peer into a lens through which they never thought to look. By having these honest conversations, we will become a better nation.” ~Michael Skolnik
“Occupying Privilege is a necessary weapon in the war against unearned privilege and unmerited suffering. This volume—which brings together some of the most brilliant, committed, and principled cultural workers on the planet—provides us with the tools for thinking, struggling, and loving our way into new forms of freedom, justice and healing. This book is an instant classic!”
- Marc Lamont Hill, author of The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America.
“In Occupying Privilege, JLove weaves together a multi-genre journey of political memoir, anthology, history lesson, and ‘how to’ for the radical yet necessary vision of global liberation for all people. Get it. Spread it. Do it.” -Richard Nash, ex-Publisher, Soft Skull Press
“In this timely anthology, JLove has brought together some of the greatest thinkers of our generation to tackle one of the most vital and often overlooked topics of the day.”
-Ben Synder, writer, producer
“Occupying Privilege is an essential resource for anyone working for our collective healing, survival and liberation. Buy this totally inspiring and practical book and use its insights as a guide to getting together for racial and economic justice.”
-Paul Kivel, educator, activist, & author Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. www.paulkivel.com
“Original, fresh, and inspiring; a useful tool in the fight against racial injustice.”
-Eddie Moore, Jr. Founder/Program Director of The White Privilege Conference
“JLove radiantly intertwines personal journeys of struggle, power, privilege, transformation, and agency– crafting a powerful, inspiring, useful, and healing message situated in social justice, love, and liberation. Occupying Privilege is a much needed and insightful dialogue by some of today’s most courageous, authentic, creative, and influential voices.”
-Michael Benitez Jr., social justice educator, activist, scholar