Interview Questions and Editing Guidelines
Although we never asked all of these questions, we used this list as a starting
point for identifying the types of information we wanted to get from the
interviews. The actual interview was much more fluid and circular than this
set of questions suggests. We might begin by talking casually about each
other’s lives, or our first contact might be an activity together, like participat-
ing in a protest. And we frequently added questions that occurred to us
during the interview.
• What work or activity do you do? With whom do you do it? What’s the
setting? What are you trying to accomplish? What are you most proud
of in terms of what you’ve accomplished? How do you prepare yourself
to do the work you do? For you, what’s the connection between per-
sonal growth and institutional/political change?
• How did you come to challenge racism and sexism? Who and what
influenced you? How does faith or spirit enter into your work? Why do
you do this work?
• What does being a white man mean to you? What is your journey
in identifying and understanding yourself as a white man? How did
you learn about being white and male? Who taught you how to be
white and male, overtly or covertly? How do you feel now about being
white? About being male? For you, what’s the meaning of white male
• In addition to being white and male, how else do you identify yourself ?
How (if at all) do other aspects of your cultural identity (e.g., religion,
class) inform your beliefs, feelings, and actions about racism and sex-
ism? Where are you in your journey of understanding these other
identities? How (if at all) has your focus on racism or sexism led you to
do work on other ‘‘isms’’?
• How would you describe your relationships with people of color and