Years of lecturing
in Europe and the USA has forced Jacob Holdt to try find and define the
similarities between modern European and American racism. In less than
a few decades Europeans have developed a psychological thought system
towards immigrants similar to the one that has paralyzed white and black
Americans for centuries, he finds.
Frequent questions on racism and oppression
All people have been
oppressed and many have an intuitive understanding of the distress patterns
they have developed as a result. Here are the guiding principles behind
all oppressions used by Jacob Holdt and Tony Harris in their workshops
to eliminate racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, anti-Semitism, classism
and their many other cousins:
Insights about oppression
Take an online
course on racism and oppression here!
In 3,500 pictures and 90,000 words this is the biggest online picture
book you will find on the Internet. It is made for all of us seemingly
innocent oppressors who don't fully understand how we affect women, blacks,
Muslim immigrants (in Europe), Jews, homosexuals etc through our negative
thinking of them.
The first part about the oppression of blacks in the American South will
also give you a better understanding of the anger and violence of blacks
in America today.
"Roots of oppression"
Let Jacob Holdt take you on a long journey through your early (American)
childhood experiences. Based on his observations from constantly traveling
in other interracial societies to try find and understand his own racism,
you will gradually - if you are somewhat normal - probably also discover
your personal racism.
This is also a good way for black Americans to get a better understanding
of how they have internalized white racist thinking.
From Jacob Holdt's "unlearning racism workshops"
See Jacob Holdt's racism workshop on video her:
workshop in American universities
See the emotional oppression workshop by
Jacob Holdt's long time companion,
workshop by Tony Harris.
Why "OUR" racism is worse than that of the KKK
An illustrated and educational storybook about why the Ku Klux Klan
are virtual saints in terms of racism, but try all they can to hide it.
My picture book for school
children about the KKK
Since the Internet
reaches into a great variety of societies with varying degrees of racial
sensitivity Jacob Holdt finds it necessary to explain these home pages.
Disclaimers and definitions
One of the hardest
things for most people - especially victims - is to see the human being
within the oppressor. In this story Jacob Holdt tries to help a victim
"embrace" an oppressor of the vilest sorts - and on the basis
of his experiences with criminals, mass murderers etc. explains his own
feelings about them.
"On mass murderers: Seeing oppressors
With the cradle-to-grave
insecurity Americans live in - the institutionalized and growing inequality
and the crime it breeds - some are searching for alternatives.
In this e-mail Jacob Holdt shows American friends an alternative: - how
the Danes love the security of their welfare state so much that they at
times shut their whole country down to fight for even more of it.
No wonder when you hear how it allows them 6 weeks - or even 1 year long
- paid round-the-world vacations - while more and more Americans work
"like slaves" to make ends meet during their 1-2 week
On the welfare state: "Fighting for
more vacations..... or women power bringing a country to its knees."
Environmental racism has increasingly become accepted as one of the most
serious forms of oppressions. Yet, the movement as well as government
action seems to be falling severely behind in the USA today. In this amusing
story Jacob Holdt relates to his American e-mail friends about the dramatic
advances in European ecological awareness. Most of his examples will no
doubt surprise most Americans, who are encouraged to publish his story
as their own in local media in order to spread the environmental concern.
On ecology: "Or trying to get life
in balance ... with Americans"
The Danes are the
world's most generous providers of foreign aid - presently giving 7 times
as much per capita as Americans. Yet, Jacob Holdt is one of the strongest
Danish critics of the racism often involved in the way Denmark gives aid
to developing countries and shows an alternative way of doing it.
Development aid and racism
Resource Center for the Healing of Racism - provides all people
involved in the process of healing the disease of racism, and upholding
the oneness of humankind, with the tools and resources to support and
enhance their work. The Resource area of their website includes
an impressive searchable database organized by category with direct links
to on-line documents, websites, and more.