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The Lessons of Ubuntu How an African philosophy can inspire racial healing in America

by Mathabane, Mark.

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Summary
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. HopeBy 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Applied with transcendent skill by Nelson Mandela in the reconciliation of post-apartheid South Africa, ubuntu is a philosophy of resolving or, better, warding off interpersonal conflict through the embrace of our own and others' humanity. Raised in abject poverty and under a police state in the suburbs of Johannesburg by a mother whose life seems the embodiment of ubuntu, Mathabane (Kaffir Boy, 1986) lays out nine concepts by which one can apply this philosophy to daily life: empathy, compromise, learning, nonviolence, change, forgiveness, restorative justice, love, and spirituality. If these concepts sound vague, Mathabane gives them saliency and specificity in the diverse examples he offers in the chapter on change, for instance, he relates profound, humanizing about-faces experienced by Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver, and Afrikaner Beyers Naudé. For anyone willing to invest the time and effort, this makes for a deeply effective how-to manual.--Moores, Alan Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "South Africa-born Mathabane (Kaffir Boy) examines race relations in the United States through the lens of racial healing principles employed in Mandela's postapartheid South Africa in this fervent plea for a better future. He espouses the philosophy of ubuntu, a renewed commitment to common humanity, empathy, forgiveness, and love, for American culture and politics. Using his own story as a backdrop, Mathabane highlights commonalities between the South African and American experiences, discussing obstacles faced in both societies. He connects the hatred he felt for South African ghetto police to that felt by rioters after the Rodney King case. More provocatively, he recalls forced segregation and the "pass books" (akin to internal passports) required for blacks to enter into white-only areas, and aligns these experiences with the self-segregation of "safe spaces" on American campuses, saying the latter is "well-meant... [but] oftentimes undermines the benefits of diversity." In the second half of the book Mathabane elaborates on the principles of ubuntu through quotes from leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Desmond Tutu, Mandela, and philosophers, yet is light on logistics when applying them to America today. Instead he relies on hopes that "President Trump will embrace and champion the inclusive and humanizing principles of ubuntu in the same way that Mandela embraced and championed them." For many readers, this might seem like wishful thinking. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

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Subjects Sociology
Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Skyhorse2018
2018
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781510712621
9781510712621
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