Resources for Study and Action


Some say affirmative action has done more harm than good, while others say that it hasn't gone far enough. Tim Wise, who has written extensively for the Blueprint for Social Justice, Z Magazine, Louisiana Weekly, and the New Orleans Tribune, addresses affirmative action in Little White Lies: The Truth About Affirmative Action and "Reverse Discrimination." He examines its ideology, its effects, and its effectiveness in advancing minorities and women socioeconomically.

This small study guide begins with the history and development of affirmative action. The bulk of the book is spent dispelling myths of affirmative action and trying to answer questions raised through honest analysis of common questions. Myths include: "affirmative action violates color-blind meritocracy," "whites are the victims of reverse discrimination," "affirmative action damages black self-esteem," "affirmative action causes increased racial tension," and "affirmative action helps and hurts the wrong people."

Little White Lies is available for $6 from the Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice, Loyola University, Box 12, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118-6195.


Washington, D.C., is a city of networks. It's not impossible to locate the right internships if you know where to look. A new book, The ACCESS Guide to International Affairs Internships offers a variety of internship possibilities with both governmental (including foreign embassies) and non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International, Bread for the World, and the Institute for Policy Studies. Information on 178 offices in and around the capital is listed. Each listing mentions job responsibilities, education level requirement, compensation, application deadlines, and required application material.

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Sojourners Magazine March-April 1996
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