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The lessons of Ubuntu : how an African philosophy can inspire racial healing in America

Author: Mark Mathabane
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018] ©2018
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A roadmap to healing America's wounds, bridging the racial divide, and diminishing our anger. Mathabane touched the hearts of millions of people around the world with his powerful memoir, Kaffir Boy, about growing up under apartheid in South Africa and was praised by Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton. In his new book, The Lessons of Ubuntu: How an African Philosophy Can Inspire Racial Healing in America, Mathabane  Read more...
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Mathabane, Mark.
Lessons of ubuntu.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
(OCoLC)1014253130
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Mathabane
ISBN: 9781510712621 1510712623
OCLC Number: 1021885329
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 250 pages)
Responsibility: Mark Mathabane.

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A roadmap to healing America's wounds, bridging the racial divide, and diminishing our anger. Mathabane touched the hearts of millions of people around the world with his powerful memoir, Kaffir Boy, about growing up under apartheid in South Africa and was praised by Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton. In his new book, The Lessons of Ubuntu: How an African Philosophy Can Inspire Racial Healing in America, Mathabane draws on his experiences with racism and racial healing in both Africa and America, where he has lived for the past thirty-seven years, to provide a timely and provocative approach to the search for solutions to America's biggest and most intractable social problem: the divide between the races. In his new book, Mathabane tells what each of us can do to become agents for racial healing and justice by learning how to practice the ten principles of Ubuntu, an African philosophy based on the concept of our shared humanity. The book's chapters on obstacles correlate to chapters on Ubuntu principles: - The Teaching of Hatred vs. Empathy - Racial Classification vs. Compromise - Profiling vs. Learning - Mutual Distrust vs. Nonviolence - Black Bigotry vs. Change - Dehumanization vs. Fogiveness - The Church and White Supremacy vs. Restorative Justice - Lack of Empathy vs. Love - The Myth That Blacks and Whites Are Monolithic vs. Spirituality - Self-Segregation: American Apartheid vs. Hope By practicing Ubuntu in our daily lives, we can learn that hatred is not innate, that even racists can change, and that diversity is America's greatest strength and the key to ensuring our future. Concerned by the violent protests on university campuses and city streets, and the killing of black men by the police, Mathabane challenges both blacks and whites to use the lessons of Ubuntu to overcome the stereotypes and mistaken beliefs that we have about each other so that we can connect as allies in the quest for racial justice.

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