In 2016, the president-elect of the United States openly called for segregation and deportation based on race and religion. Meanwhile, inequalities in education, housing, health care and the job market continue to prevail, while increased insecurity and fear have led to an epidemic of scapegoating and harassment of people of color. Yet recent polls show that only 31 percent of white people in the US believe racism is a major societal problem; at the same time, resistance is strong, as highlighted by Indigenous struggles for land and sovereignty and the Movement for Black Lives.
Paul Kivel, social justice educator, activist, and writer, has been involved in racial justice work for over 50 years. He is an accomplished trainer and speaker on men’s issues, racism and diversity, challenges of youth, teen dating and family violence, raising boys to adulthood, and the impact of class and power on daily life. His work gives people the understanding to become involved in social justice work and the tools to become more effective allies in community struggles to end oppression and injustice and to transform organizations and institutions. Kivel is the author of numerous books and curricula including Men’s Work, Making the Peace, Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice, Boys Will Be Men, I Can Make My World a Safer Place, You Call This a Democracy? and most recently Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony. Kivel may be contacted via his resource-filled website: paulkivel.com.