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ERIC Number: EJ1048086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
What White Children Need to Know about Race
Michael, Ali; Bartoli, Eleonora
Independent School, v73 n4 Sum 2014
While white parents' intention is to convey to their children the belief that race should not matter, the message their children receive is that race, in fact, does not matter. The intent and aim are noble, but in order for race not to matter in the long run, we have to acknowledge that, currently, it does matter a great deal. If white parents want their children to contribute to what researchers Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer describe as a "racially just America," in which race does not unjustly influence one's life opportunities, their children will need to learn awareness and skills that they cannot acquire through silence and omission. Part of the work of supporting an antiracist identity for white students involves teaching them skills to be proactive in discussing race, confronting racism, building interracial friendships, and acknowledging racism. In this article, the author provides several "central messages" that school can offer to assist white children to develop a positive racial identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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