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.

Joe is a graduate of University of Iowa. Over the years, he has been involved in significant key roles and projects – from successful transformational social work, to leadership in-service programs, including community organization. His work has impacted many people throughout his state, across America and beyond.

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