“Ken Bedell’s Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism is a roadmap to understanding racism and its affect and influence on civil rights efforts and policy makers during the 1960s and beyond.”
“With a lifetime of experience as a scholar, minister, and Department of Education administrator, Ken Bedell is uniquely qualified to shed light on America’s divisive crisis of racism. Bedell shows where and why we have failed at home; yet he offers hope and a map for a cultural change. The global upsurge in racism and xenophobia underscores this book’s call for alarm, careful thought, and decisive action.”
“Based on personal stories, historical examples, and social evidence, this book realistically draws a map of how to reach our civil rights dreams in our era of racial pessimism. Lifting up every voice, its message is hopeful, constructive, and exhilarating.”
"Ken Bedell has written a wise, challenging, and hopeful analysis of race, racism, and the future of American society. Combining personal experience, historical exploration, and perspectives from sociology and social psychology, Bedell argues that American society has moved from a paradigm of unvarnished white supremacy to one that proclaims equality while nevertheless continuing white social and cultural dominance. This white paradigm, as he calls it, stops short of realizing the Civil Rights dream: a 'patchwork quilt' paradigm in which each of the diverse racial, identity, and ethnic groups in American society participates fully in the cultural life of the nation and contributes to the common good. Bedell not only provides an analysis of our past and current racial situation but offers a very helpful road map of practical steps necessary for realizing the Civil Rights dream of a patchwork quilt society."
"Few can write so honestly that everyone should have full participation in (our) nation's core values. . . . Good examples of antiracist work tied to suggestions of how we can move forward make reading Bedell's thoughts a must."
"I appreciated Ken Bedell's probing questions during discussions at the U.S. Department of Education. In this book he offers his own answers to two important questions: Why has it been so difficult to make civil rights a reality for all Americans? And what can we do to fulfill the dream of full participation of all in America's future?"
"Realizing the Civil Rights Dream goes behind the daily headlines of racial division and conflict to address the social structures of racism. Bedell calls on everyone, people of color and whites, wealthy and poor, Democrats and Republicans to make antiracism part of our everyday lives and collective action."