Our Unconscious Minds and Racism


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As Martin Luther King, Jr. day (January 15, 2018) approaches, I am thinking about what to do this year. Last year (2017) I got up early and went to the MLK memorial to join a small group of people. Looking back, I think I was largely motivated to go to the program at the memorial because I didn’t have a clear plan for how to spend the day. The previous year, (2016) I joined people I worked with at the U.S. Department of Education in a service project where we worked on cleaning up and adding fresh paint to a DC public school. Using King’s holiday as a day of service makes a lot of sense. But after reading John Bargh's, Before You Know It, I started to wonder how much my unconscious mind had determined my past activities on King's Holiday.

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As I wrote "Realizing the Civil Rights Dream" I thought of people across America who are looking for two things: 1) a way to make sense of the persistence of racism, and 2) proposals for ways Americans can move toward full participation of all. Those people use the public libraries. Now you can take the next step and talk to your local librarian about making the book available in your community. Click "Read More" to view a link to a flier you can use and distribute.


Ken Bedell's Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism is a roadmap to understanding racism and its affect and influence on civil rights efforts and policy makers during the 1960s and beyond.

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Realizing the Civil Rights Dream explains how America can realize the civil rights dream in the 21st century – if U.S. citizens take actions as individuals as well as work together for full participation of all. Asks―and answers―the troubling question: Why have the civil rights hopes of the 1960s not yet been realized? Demonstrates the relationship between what happens in everyday life and racism's persistence. Presents a framework for understanding how social forces preserve racism