Why is it that even after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the struggles of that era (which was a significant legislation passage in itself), thirty-eight years later, we are still wrestling with systems that do not recognize all men and women as having been created equal? No matter what you measure, whether it is educational, financial, health and wellbeing, et cetera, there is still significant inequality. When you look around, the numbers you see do not reflect equal leadership or equal access to the rights and privileges of all citizens and all people.
The day we shall understand that there is no such a thing as a superior race, or such a thing as man being the superior sex shall be the day our lives shall turn around. This realization has the potential of changing our conversation and attitude not only with those who look like us or the select few that belong in our club but towards everyone. This truth will change the whole atmosphere not only in our homes, our place of work but also our communities.
If you talk to experts who have studied the subject of racism extensively, they’ll tell you that racism is deeply embedded in the fabric of our society. It permeates the core of who we are. It is deeply entrenched in our system of government just as much as it’s deeply embedded in other systems of our society. Many of us wear racism as a coat. We have to be intentional if we want to wipe it out.
Joe K. Mungai
How to Rise Above Racism: A Primer for Understanding the Broader Ramifications of Implicit Bias
It’s one thing to have a message, but it’s another thing to find the boldness to share that message with others as Joe has done in this book.
I must admit that when I learned that Joe was writing a book to discuss the topic of racism, I was concerned, knowing how sensitive the topic is. I feared that he might turn to the usual clichés we are used to. But I was wrong. Within just a few chapters, it was clear to me that Joe knows his stuff.
In How to Rise Above Racism: A Primer for Understanding the Broader Ramifications of Implicit Bias, Joe has applied his skills to vigorously interrogate the facts as he discusses the “trigger” topics that touch on where we are today, and how we found ourselves here. He has worked hard to paint for us the big picture of what the actual problem entails, and what needs to be done to overcome it. In this book, he opens up his toolkit and shares his skills with us and like every good teacher, Joe wants us to join him in his work. He challenges us to examine ourselves individually as well as a nation, and work on the areas that require change. If we do that, we shall advance towards becoming a more just and equitable society.