In the United States the economic exploitation of non-white groups has included the reliance on African American slave labor by Southern plantation owners, the systematic removal of Native Americans from their homelands to make room for white settlers, and the relegation of non-white workers to the most low-paid, dangerous and dirty jobs. Through numerous examples Shirley Better demonstrates that racism is embedded within the fabric of American society, restricting equal access to educational opportunities, employment, and housing. Having outlined the causes and effects of institutional racism, the Better presents numerous strategies for individuals and groups to combat this pervasive social problem.
Shirley Better is professor emeritus in the School of Social Work at California State University at Los Angeles, where she designed and implemented an upper division theme of six courses focusing Institutional Racism. She is one of the founders of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) and a founder of ABSW-Los Angeles. Dr. Better serves on the boards of several community-based organizations.
Chapter 1 Chapter One: Toward an Understanding of Racism Chapter 2 Chapter Two: Institutional Racism: A Theoretical Framework Chapter 3 Chapter Three: Institutional Racism Dissected: Part I Chapter 4 Chapter Four: Institutional Racism Dissected: Part II Chapter 5 Chapter Five: Institutional Racism Dissected: Part III Chapter 6 Chapter Six: The Web of Institutional Racism, A Theoretical Model Chapter 7 Chapter Seven: Strategies for Combating Racism: Individual And Group Approaches Chapter 8 Chapter Eight: Strategies for Combating Racism: Macro Chapter 9 Chapter Nine: Arenas for Personal and Group Strategies Chapter 10 Chapter Ten: Racial Pluralism