Achieving Racial Equity Through Social Work: Learning From History

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For readers who want to read our article on a related aspect of black history see What We Can Learn of History from Older African American Women Who Worked as Maids in the Deep South. Western Journal of Black Studies 37 (4), 227-235, 2013. Co-authored by Katherine van Wormer, David Jackson III and Charletta Sudduth. I can mail a copy if you email me at

katherine van Wormer more than 7 years ago

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Thank you for offering copies of the article in regards to Older A/A Women who worked as Maids. I am asking for a copy.

Yoshonna Sanders more than 7 years ago

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Yoshonna, please contact Katherine van Wormer directly for the article at:

Thanks! more than 7 years ago

So I like the historic view but we are (US) only 200 + years ol

so continues. At 200+ yes we are young in the game Whites have also been slaves done before Christ . Black men enslaved their own and still do . Slavery needs to end everywhere and freedom ring. Boca ram in Iraq Syria etc still taking children as sLaves stop Blaming the past and deal with now taking from one group or blaming a race does not solve the problem

paula more than 7 years ago

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Paula, did you read the article? It is not speaking to every injustice in the world but to a specific injustice that is still happening albeit in a modern form - the killing of black people. The past and the present are connected - if you want to understand the pain of a specific group in the present you must understand the trajectory that led them to this moment. If you are a social worker you should know that. Racism did not end when slavery ended (another reason you should know your history). This was a very thoughtful article, please try to have some humility and listen.

Robin DiAngelo more than 7 years ago

Achieving Racial Equity thru
Robin, thanks for your patient explanation to Paula. The above link provides one of the most cogent explanations for the seeming lack of empathy for the pain of Black and marginalized persons. Unfortunately "Whitness" as a way of thinking does not escape people of color- who often are attempting to hide their pain by identifying with the oppressors. There is so much work to do, and as social workers we must stand up within our tradition of social justice and human rights. The attached link is indeed, very powerful. Thank you.

Sunya Folayan more than 7 years ago

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