Terri Givens’ book, Radical Empathy, is without question, my most recommended book for 2021. Beautifully written, thoughtfully researched, and weaving in her very personal and candid experiences as a Black woman, academic, and leader, this book is—at the same time—a world-class lesson on the history and politics of racism in the United States and an incredibly captivating and compelling read that’s difficult to put down. Perhaps most significantly, through the interweaving of her personal narrative and deftly constructed “radical empathy” framework, Dr. Givens leaves readers with the information, roadmap, and momentum for enacting radical empathy in their own lives and broader communities. For anyone looking to better understand inequality and create positive change, this is an unparalleled and once-in-a-lifetime resource.
FINDING A PATH TO BRIDGING RACIAL DIVIDES
Listen to Terri’s interview on KALW public radio show, City Visions
Structural racism has impacted the lives of African Americans in the United States since before the country’s founding. Although the country has made some progress towards a more equal society, political developments in the 21st century have shown that deep divides remain. The persistence of inequality is an indicator of the stubborn resilience of the institutions that maintain white supremacy.
To bridge our divides, renowned political scientist Terri Givens calls for ‘radical empathy’ – moving beyond an understanding of others’ lives and pain to understand the origins of our biases, including internalized oppression.
Deftly weaving together her own experiences with the political, she offers practical steps to call out racism and bring about radical social change.
Published by Bristol University Press