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Our Problem, Our Path

Collective Antiracism for White People

Building a healthy multiracial society is possible, but not without millions of White people seeing racism as our problem and choosing to walk an antiracist path. In Our Problem, Our Path, award-winning author Ali Michael and clinical psychologist Eleonora Bartoli invite White people to start moving on the path toward a more equitable multiracial society for all.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071851326
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 344
  • Publication date: August 11, 2022

Price: $39.95



A healthy multiracial society could be ours

Building a healthy multiracial society is possible, but not without millions of White people seeing racism as our problem and choosing to walk an antiracist path. It will take us supporting and challenging one another on this journey to learn more about the realities of racism and what we can do about it. In Our Problem, Our Path, award-winning author Ali Michael and clinical psychologist Eleonora Bartoli invite White people to join them on an antiracist journey to learn to talk about race with one another in ways that lead to real change.

Drawing on decades of personal and professional experiences engaging in antiracism, the authors:

  • emphasize the need for White people to have honest, meaningful relationships not only with People of Color and Native people, but also with other White people, in order to change systems shaped by racism
  • provide strategies for parents and teachers to support White children to become contributing members of a healthy multiracial society
  • introduce trauma-informed tools from psychology that enable readers to understand and overcome their own resistance and fear around taking antiracist action
  • demonstrate how White people can take antiracist action today, exactly where they are and as they are

Grounded in an understanding of antiracism as a daily, lifelong practice, Our Problem, Our Path supports White people to help one another find the trailhead and start moving on the path toward a more just, equitable and loving multiracial society for all.



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Ali Michael

As the Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, Ali Michael, Ph.D. works with schools and organizations across the country to help make research on race, Whiteness, and education more accessible and relevant to educators. Ali is the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education, winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. As a member of a multiracial editorial team, she has co-edited The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys, Teaching Beautiful and Brilliant Black Girls, and Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories. With her colleague Toni Graves Williamson, Ali adapted Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility for a Young Adult audience. Ali sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. Her article, What do White Children Need to Know About Race?, co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014. When she is not writing, speaking, or training, Ali is striving to be an anti-racist co-parent to two amazing kids. Her writing and speeches are available at alimichael.org.
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Eleonora Bartoli

Eleonora Bartoli, Ph.D., is a consultant and licensed psychologist, specializing in trauma, resilience-building, and multicultural/social justice counseling. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology: Human Development/Mental Health Research from the University of Chicago in 2001. After receiving her clinical license in 2005, she opened a small independent practice, which she has held since. After 15 years in academia (12 of those years as the director of a Masters in counseling program), she became a full-time consultant. Her mission is to share the tools of counseling and psychology in support of social justice work.

Throughout her career, Dr. Bartoli has held leadership positions in professional organizations at both the state and national levels. She has also presented at numerous conferences and is the author of a number of publications focused on multicultural counseling competence, white racial socialization, and the integration of social justice principles in evidence-based counseling practices (please see her website, dreleonorabartoli.com, for details). Dr. Bartoli has been the recipient of academic awards, including the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Provost Award for Outstanding Advising and Mentoring. The Gillem-Bartoli Alum Award for Contributions to Social Justice was established to honor hers and a colleague’s contributions in their role as activist-scholars within academia. In all her work, Dr. Bartoli integrates an understanding of neuroscience, focusing on how it informs symptom development as well as healing and resilience-building strategies.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Part 1: Beginnings


About This Book

Ali’s Journey

Eleonora’s Journey

Part 2: Seeing Ourselves Clearly in the Here and Now

Chapter 1: Racism Is a White Person’s Problem

Internal Work: Antiracism in a Human Body

Chapter 2: Myths of White Supremacy

Internal Work: To Act, You Must Pause

Chapter 3: What White People Learn About Race

Internal Work: Antidotes to White Supremacist Priming

Chapter 4: Now We Know What Not to Say . . . What Do We Say?

Internal Work: Empathy Is Our Superpower

Chapter 5: Can White Antiracist People Feel Proud of Being White?

Internal Work: Don’t Get Stuck in Stereotype Threat

Chapter 6: Who Is White . . . and Why?

Internal Work: But It’s Not Fair!

Part 3: Who Will We Be as the Racial Hierarchy Falls?

Chapter 7: Taking Feedback and Using It Wisely

Internal Work: On Moral Injury and Racial Competence

Chapter 8: Talking to Other White People About Race

Internal Work: Healing Is Essential to Antiracist Practice

Chapter 9: Creating and Sustaining White Antiracist Learning Spaces

Internal Work: To Prepare for Antiracist Action, You Must Train for Courage

Chapter 10: Taking Action

Appendix A: Common Unproductive, Possibly Biased Behaviors of Some/Many White People That Perpetuate Racist Dynamics and Structural Racism

Appendix B: Examples of White Group-Level Behaviors/Privilege





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