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ERIC Number: ED499318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-28
Pages: 354
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 1-57886-725-8
Witnessing Whiteness: First Steps toward an Antiracist Practice and Culture
Tochluk, Shelly
Rowman & Littlefield Education
The book describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations. The author illustrates how racial discomfort leads white educators toward ineffective teaching pedagogy and poor relationships with students and colleagues of color. Questioning the implications history has for educational institutions, school reform efforts, and diversity initiatives, the book considers political, economic, socio-cultural, and legal histories that shaped the meanings associated with whiteness. Drawing on dialogue with well-known figures within education, race, and multicultural work, the book offers personal stories of cross-race friendships that address both how a deep understanding of whiteness supports cross-race collaboration and the long-term nature of the work of excising racism from the deep psyche. Concluding chapters offer practical information on building knowledge, skills, capacities, and communities that support anti-racism practices, a hopeful look at the collective future, and a discussion of how to create a culture of witnessing educators who support allies for social and racial justice. Nine chapters include: (1) Naming the Problem; (2) Facing the Dis-Ease; (3) Uncovering a Hidden History; (4) Fellow Travelers--Engaging the Journey; (5) Blindness at the Crossroads--Leaps of Faith; (6) Connecting Visions--Whiteness in Sight; (7) Interior Shadows--Lingering Racism; (8) How do we witness?; and (9) How can we create a witnessing culture?
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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