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Trumping the Race Card: A National Agenda, Moving Beyond Race and Racism by [Rodney S. Patterson]

 

 

Racism has plagued the country for years. It always seems like it is the cast iron ball chained to our ankles preventing us from moving forward. When it seems like we have had enough of crime against people of color, something new emerges. From killings to wrongful incarceration to brutality against innocent people going about their daily life. Trumping the Race Card highlights the beginning of all this and the evolution of oppression through history. Rodney Patterson has cast a light on this sensitive topic to help people realize where they go wrong as well as what can be done about the systemic failures within our society. These are human failures and as such, they can be fixed.

One thing that stands out to me the most about this book is how Rodney Patterson’s passion is palpable throughout this though-provoking book. Someone said that racism is also a human rights issue and should be treated as such. Trumping the Race Card elaborates on this idea and colorizes it with insightful concepts. This is a deeply emotional and sensitive issue to write about especially at this crucial moment in our nations history where we are on the precipice of some potentially monumental changes to the way in which police officers serve our community. Prejudice is an issue that has crippled our communities since the nations founding. Rodney Patterson inspires progressive thought and spurs action. For me, this book did a fantastic job in helping me understand how much of prejudice is racism and vice versa.

Trumping the Race Card is well written and well-timed. I left this book feeling well informed and better prepared with strategies that can be utilized for action at any level of involvement in advancing human rights. This book is really for anyone whether they have experienced or been proximal to racism.

With a pragmatic approach and easily understandable language this book is easily the best civil rights book I’ve read this year. I believe this book will appeal to a wide range of readers. This country needs this book now more than ever.

Pages: 101 | ASIN: B07W4S684D

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Trumping the Race Card: A National Agenda – Moving beyond Race and Racism

“TRUMPING THE RACE CARD offers a provocative invitation to discuss the often emotionally charged issues of race and racism. In these volatile times, a voice of reason and resolution is needed and provided by Patterson.” – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

TRUMPING THE RACE CARD is a perfectly timed book, which brings crucial insight and understanding to the very complex topic of race, both historically and currently. This well written and accessible book, through a combination of the writer’s personal history and conceptual frameworks, helps the reader understand not only the origins of the concept of race but also the inevitability of systemic racism throughout history. The book also goes the next step required to make change by providing ways to address the challenges and obstacles they present to relationships, organizations, and society.

  • Lee Gardenswartz, Ph.D.
  • Anita Rowe, Ph.D.
  • Partners, Gardenswartz & Rowe and
  • The Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Institute

In Trumping the Race Card: A National Agenda – Moving beyond Race and Racism, author and diversity consultant Rodney Patterson provides a thought provoking examination of race and racism in the United States, which invites us to consider several questions, including:

  • Are racism and prejudice the same or are they supporting ideologies?
  • If a person is prejudice, does that make them racist as well?
  • What makes a person a racist in the true sense of the word?
  • Is there a way for us to trump the race card or overcome race and racism?

Mr. Patterson provides the Anatomy of an Ism model to show how biases can evolve and transition into acts of racism by individuals, ultimately becoming institutionalized within systems.

He concludes by encouraging each of us to avoid the inclination to “look the other way.” More specifically, Mr. Patterson provides 10 strategies aptly designed as action steps, which cover a broad spectrum of concepts, each designed to move us collectively beyond race and racism, and bring us closer to the idea of living as a true community.

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