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A White Catholic's Guide to Racism and Privilege (Paperback)
Winner of a 2022 Association of Catholic Publishers Excellence in Publishing Award: General Interest (Third Place).
Growing up, Fr. Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., never thought much about race, racism, or racial justice except for what he read in history books. His upbringing as a white, middle-class Catholic shielded him from seeing the persistent, pervasive racism all around him. Horan shares what he has since learned about uncovering and combatting racial inequity in our nation and in our Church, urging us to join the fight.
In the spring and summer of 2020, US cities erupted in protests and racial tensions ran high following several high-profile killings of Black women and men at the hands of white police officers. As America watched and listened, many of us became dislodged from our comfortable assumptions about race. Horan recognized this unnerving dynamic as a doorway to the awakening and spiritual conversion he has been undergoing for much of his adult life. In A White Catholic's Guide to Racism and Privilege, Horan speaks prophetically to what has become a gnawing unease for so many. With candid critique and reflection, Horan helps us makes sense of crucial issues such as:
- The difference between what sociologists call common-sense racism and systemic racism.
- What is meant by white privilege and how is contributes to racial injustices.
- The Catholic Church's teachings about racism, how those can still be developed, and what those teachings require of us.
- Combatting racism in our everyday lives.
As a white man, Horan shows his fellow white Catholics how to become actively anti-racist and better allies to our Black brothers and sisters as we work against racism in our culture and in the Church. He offers us the hope and surety of the Gospel, the wisdom of Catholic tradition, and some practical ways to educate ourselves and advocate for justice.
Each chapter includes a substantial suggested-reading list.
This book is perfect for individual or group study.