Melanie E. L. Bush is the author of Breaking the Code of Good Intentions: Everyday Forms of Whiteness (Rowman and Littlefield 2004) examining the link between the everyday thinking of ordinary people (particularly whites) and the perpetuation of racialized structures of inequality. She has been an educator and administrator at Brooklyn College since 1990 and active for three decades in community struggles and academic projects for full employment, education, womens rights, peace and social justice.
Left Forum 2007
The Cost of Privilege: Working Class Fragmentation (Camino Press)
- Juliet Ucelli, Italian Americans for A Multicultural U.S. (Chair)
- Badili Jones, Freedom Road Socialist Organization
- Anamaría Flores, Queens College, CUNY
- Melanie Bush, Adelphi University
Left Forum 2010
How Things Change As They Stay The Same: Talking Through Racial Categories, Politics, and Organizing in the 21st Century:
- Chair: Matthew Birkhold - heavy Thinkers, Inc,. Binghamton University
- Kazembe Balagun - Heavy Thinkers, Inc., Brecht Forum
- Melanie Bush - Adelphi University
- Jill Humphries - Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education, Queens College
Praise for "The Cost of Privilege"
Several people, mostly Freedom Road Socialist Organization members wrote advance "praise blurbs" for the book's website .
- The Cost of Privilege provides a comprehensive and thoughtful examination of the emergence and evolution of white supremacy. This book does so in a manner that reckons with the complexity of this history in the intertwining of patriarchal and capitalist class structure of society while maintaining clarity about the overriding social forces at work. The Cost of Privilege balances discussion of systemic and institutional structuring of white supremacy in US and global society with rich evidence of people's struggles throughout history to resist and challenge these realities as well as concrete examples for reflecting upon assumptions and actions. In doing so, this book offers the reader cause for hope in the face of the brutality that white supremacy has rendered throughout the last five centuries.
Melanie E. L. Bush, Assistant Professor, Adelphi University.
Critical Resistance event
Friday, May, 20, 2011 Riverside Church, South Hall Admission: $50-$250. (includes admission to main event -"The World We Want is the World We Need". Riverside Church, Nave 490 Riverside Drive. Admission: $20-$30
Host Committee: Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr, Malaika Adero, Seth Adler, Shana Agid, Sam Anderson, Kai Barrow, Andrea Bible, Jean Carey Bond, Dorothy Burnham, Melanie Bush, Rod Bush, Angela Cali, Susie Day, Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley, Joan Gibbs, Elspeth Gilmore, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Lennox Hinds, Esther Cooper Jackson, Peter Marcuse, Jerry Meyer, Charlene Mitchell, Mary Morgan, Mary Lou Patterson, Beth E. Richie, Shreya Shah, Alvin Starks, Farrah Tanis, Laura Whitehorn.