Dismantling Racism Works web workbook
Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks) is no longer offering
workshops and race equity consulting (see About dRworks page).
We are pleased to offer our workbook. We hope you find the material here useful
to you, your organization, and your community.
This web-based workbook was originally designed to support the Dismantling Racism Works 2-day basic workshop.
The workbook is now offered as a resource to the community.
If you would, please continue to credit dRworks if and when you use our material. Thank you.
This web-based workbook is resource dense, so for best results, use a computer to view and use it.
This website is a web-based version of a workbook designed originally to support the Dismantling Racism workshop offered by Dismantling Racism Works, a training collaborative that is not offering workshops or consulting support at this time. The workshop was one step in a longer process developed initially by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun over three decades ago. It builds on the work of many people, including (but not limited to) Andrea Ayvazian, Cynthia Brown, Bree Carlson, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Eli Dueker, Nancy Emond, Jonathan Henderson, Vivette Jeffries-Logan, Michelle Johnson, Jonn Lunsford, Jes Kelley, Sharon Martinas, jona olsson, Suzanne Plihcik, Christina Rivera-Chapman, David Rogers, James Williams, Sally Yee, as well as the work of the Peace Development Fund, Grassroots Leadership, Equity Institute Inc, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Challenging White Supremacy workshop, the Lillie Allen Institute, the Western States Center, and the contributions of the many participants in the DR workshops over so many years. Many people’s thinking and experience have contributed to the resources you will find here.
Let me give you a word on the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all absorbing, and for the time being putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.
This website, and the dismantling racism process that produced it, are offered in memory and celebration of the life and work of the late Kenneth Jackson Jones (1950-2004). Kenneth was a visionary and a leader, an organizer and teacher, a friend and colleague. The dismantling racism process and much of the wisdom offered on this website was developed with his leadership. We believe that its value in the lives of so many people and organizations is a demonstration and celebration of Kenneth’s enormous contribution to our continued struggle to realize our vision of a just world.
In November 2016, Dismantling Racism Works
also lost Cynthia Brown, one of our spiritual warriors, social justice advocates, trainers and beloveds. We honor a generous spirit, a freedom fighter, a mentor and teacher to many.
Cynthia always offered a hearty laugh, a willingness to ask the challenging question, a deep desire to truly understand another's perspective, as well as grace and beauty and power. Cynthia's relentless commitment to social justice remains an inspiration to us and all who were fortunate to know her.
We will miss her clear-headed and loving leadership and counsel and she will remain forever in our hearts and bones.