Unwrapping Racism: Dealing with Differences

by Chuck Grose

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Professor Grose's deep, multi-racial experiences in the U.S. and internationally, and profound, interactive teaching excite his impact on practical racial actions. The reader may grapple and go with Grose's vital approaches for a re-formulated racial future using their own individual backgrounds. The book brings both historical, contemporary, individual, and group considerations of race relations into context which provides an innovative and practical framework for each reader to stretch their mind and empowers them to find strength in their own experience.

Lee H. Hamilton
US Congressman 1965-1999, IN 9th District

"Unwrapping Racism: Dealing with Differences," is so important and such a wonderful resource. This book provides a framework for how we might better understand and more effectively respond to differences regarding race in particular. Most importantly throughout, the book offers the reader a series of critical questions to ponder and reflection activities such that the reader is an active participant in their own learning and can become an agent of change. As a college president, this book is a valuable resource for institutional leaders, faculty and student affairs professionals focused on ensuring our institutions are places where every member of our community feels seen, affirmed and supported, and is freely able to express the range of ideas that are the foundation of a liberal arts education.

Lori S. White
DePauw University

I greatly admire Professor Grose's racial wisdom and commitment to racial issues. He excites this book's reader to work out one's own racial beliefs and actions.

Dr. Doug Wingeier
Former Professor and Director of Christian Education
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu

“Unwrapping Racism: Dealing with Differences” will connect the reader with recent social movements such as gun safety, Black Lives Matter, and college reform movements. The Early social movements would portray racial discrimination within the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Eugenics/Sterilization Movement. The Civil Right Movement of 1950s/1960s highlights Rosa Parks, Dr. M. L. King, Jr. and Congressman John Lewis.

This book will present key issues, such as cultural privilege and its prevalence. The reader will be lifted up from xenophobia, colonialism and slavery while creatively facing individual responses to those issues today. All those approaches move into our societal goals of assimilation, cultural pluralism and the “melting pot” concept.

This volume will make the perfect complement to Dr. Grose previous book "Dealing with differences". Every reader can do something, sometime, somewhere to effectively deal with differences. As the book confronts race, it challenges the reader to grapple with action-oriented exercises, questions, and projects relevant to key paragraphs on every page. At the end of the book, the readers will be empowered to tell their own stories about their experiences with race within each chapter.


Introducing Unwrapping Racism: Dealing with Differences

Chapter 1 Thinking and Feeling about Differences as a Guide for Race Relations

Chapter 2 Empathy – The Lens to Guide Dismantling Racial Experiences

Chapter 3 Advantage and Privilege Focused through the Lens of Peggy McIntosh’s “Invisible Knapsack”

Chapter 4 Is Talking about Race Still a Discussion Topic?

Chapter 5 Everyday Violence and Its Alternatives

Chapter 6 Early Social Change Movements

Chapter 7 Current Social Movements for Social Change

Chapter 8 How Many Ways Can We Undo Race and Racism?


Dr. Grose is an activist educator and administrator who has learned and taught in an historic black college, public and private universities, served on an American Indian reservation, in a refugee community, as a community organizer, and with Volunteers In Service to America. He has intentionally lived in communities of color for part of his career, including while working as a Fulbright Scholar in Central America. His degrees in sociology and ethics, communication and other fields show his passion for justice, diversity, nonviolence, and mutually enriching changes.

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September 2023