A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have

A Guide to Being a White Person or Understanding the White Persons in Your Life (Third Edition)
Janet E. Helms
©2020, 106 pages

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    A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have: A Guide to Being a White Person or Understanding the White Persons in Your Life is designed to help White people fully recognize and accept their racial identity, assume the proper responsibility for ending racism, and develop an understanding of how racism impacts their own racial group.

    This powerful text encourages positive racial adjustment and deeper levels of self-understanding. The book explores the meaning of race in society, the “color-blindness” movement, the problem of ignorance about Whiteness, the various phases of internalized racism, and other critical topics. Evocative and meaningful activities throughout the text foster reflection and increased levels of self-awareness and acceptance.

    The third edition features updated references and charts, as well as a new foreword by Dr. Allen Ivey.

    A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have is part of the Cognella Series on Advances in Culture, Race, and Ethnicity. The series, co-sponsored by Division 45 of the American Psychological Association, addresses critical and emerging issues within culture, race, and ethnic studies, as well as specific topics among key ethnocultural groups.

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    Janet E. Helms is the Augustus Long Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and the director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Helms is past president of the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the APA). She received the 2019 APA Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest and has served on the editorial boards of the journals of Assessment, Counseling Psychology, Cultural Diversity, and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Dr. Helms has written many articles and books, and conducts workshops on racial identity, counseling practice, and mental health.
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    "This book changed my life. I first encountered it as a graduate student, where it initiated my own journey towards racial awareness. After reading this book, I started thinking differently about race and racism. The structure of the book provided me with an accessible guide to thinking about and discussing my own Whiteness. By incorporating opportunities for reflection about race with informative content, Dr. Helms created a rich text that challenges the reader to know more and do more. This is a book that deeply engages the reader in reflection and analysis about race and racism in daily life. It jarred me, shook my Whiteness and helped me reconceptualize my sense of self. Dr. Helms brings clarity to a complex and urgent topic. I highly recommend this book, and always encourage other educators to read it. I am indebted to Dr. Helms for writing it."
    Dr. Jenn Moore, Global Education Consultant, Adjunct Instructor, DePaul University College of Education