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  • SubGenre:Discrimination
  • Language:English
  • Pages:92
  • eBook ISBN:9781098382957
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098382940

The Tool Kit for Spreading Eracism (End Racism) Like a Virus

by Kenneth Sakauye M.D.

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What does it mean to feel empowered to deal with racism? Have you ever let a racist comment end a conversation or relationship? If racist talk gets you angry, how can you handle it without an argument? How can you help a person want to change? This book provides a toolkit of three ways to help you spread the virus of ERACISM (end racism). It will help you use the Trust Equation to improve your trustworthiness, Motivational Interviewing to learn a collaborative style of conversing, and Mindfulness to help you deal with your own emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness that could derail encounters.
What does it mean to feel empowered to deal with racism? This book introduces you to three tools for these situations. The Trust Equation highlights essential considerations for developing a working relationship with someone. Motivational Interviewing uses Client Centered therapy techniques to avoid arguing or being unknowingly insulting or controlling and help someone find their personal reason to change. Mindfulness helps us become more aware of our feelings and reactions to others, improve empathy, and avoid letting our own feelings and biases rule us. Facing up to someone on an individual level requires a different type of empowerment than political action and protest. The COVID-19 pandemic offers a new metaphor to help teach what our Civil Rights icons exemplified. They would not have avoided racist people (social distancing) or "called them out" (forcing a defensive reaction). They would make an effort to reduce hostility and engage the other person in a constructive conversation in order to lessen their use of PPE and allow time for an ERACISM infection to take hold. They understood the pathophysiology of racism and supported change rather than demanding it. Empowerment comes from having confidence to talk without arguing or giving in, and counter dehumanization by showing human traits of integrity, self-awareness, honesty, courage, sincerity, and commitment. The goal is not to fight or retaliate out of anger, but to show our humanity by making a difficult interaction positive. We show empathy by putting ourselves in the other person's shoes and follow guidelines of motivational interviewing The only good excuse to author a short book about ending racism is the belief that one can contribute a fresh approach.
About the author
Dr. Kenneth Sakauye, an award winning nationally recognized psychiatrist of color, takes his lifelong expertise in culture and race, personal learning, and experiences to give you the tools to feel more confident in talking about race with someone who does not think like you.

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Promotes Human Diversity and Social Justice The Tool Kit for Spreading Eracism [End Racism] Like a Virus (2021) is a powerful and impactful book. Within its 83 written pages, the book by psychiatrist Dr. Kenneth Sakauye exposes racism for what it is and then identifies what each of us can do to be a part of the solution (not a part of the problem). Like the COVID-19 virus, racism spreads, mutates, and exacerbates public health exigencies worldwide. Attention and efforts are needed to weaken and diminish the “viruses”. This current issue-oriented book is well-written and easy-to-read. It grabs and maintains the reader’s attention (cover-to-cover), as it provides the “tools” or solutions to thorny issues (such as elements behind the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol uprising) and dynamics of racism (identified in Black Lives Matter Movement) and suggests applications to other worldly conflicts. Content in Sakauye’s book is a culmination of his half a century of interdisciplinary work spanning medicine, psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, history, economics, law, anthropology, business, political science, computer science, and more. The depth and breadth of his knowledge and experiences are obvious throughout this book. The book leads the reader to think deeply, reconsider assumptions and beliefs, and engage mindfulness in all aspects of our lives. Throughout, it promotes human diversity and social justice. Rita Takahashi, Ph.D., MSW, MPIA Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University School of Social Work Read more
A Scholarly and Practical Toolkit for Spreading ERACISM In Spreading Eracism Like a Virus, Dr. Sakauye tackles one of the most destructive forces in society, the problem of racial prejudice. Drawing upon a far-ranging knowledge of medicine, neurobiology, social psychology, computer science, business, and history, he has formulated a fresh and credible person-centered approach to countering racist beliefs and emotions. His proposed tool kit for ending racism offers not only a map for addressing implicit and explicit racist biases but, more generally, for living a more empathic and mindful life. James M. Ellison MD MPH Read more