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Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools


reviewed by Andrea Dyrness — February 24, 2009

coverTitle: Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools
Author(s): Mica Pollock
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton
ISBN: 069112535X, Pages: 253, Year: 2008
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A few years ago at the liberal arts college where I teach, a white male student showed up at a campus Halloween party dressed in blackface. A picture of the student in costume was posted on Facebook and soon created a campus uproar. Students of color and many faculty decried the costume as a racist stereotype that contributed to an unwelcoming campus climate for students of color, while other students and faculty countered that it was a harmless incident “all in good fun.” Dominating the discussion of the incident on campus listservs was the question of the young man’s intentions. When faced with the uproar over his costume, the young man responded that he had never “meant” to harm anyone, and was certainly not a “racist.” Faculty members stepped forward to vouch for the student’s moral character, to demonstrate the impossibility of racist intent, and therefore to establish the uproar... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 24, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15578, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 10:03:42 AM

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  • Andrea Dyrness
    Trinity College
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    ANDREA DYRNESS is an Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Her research interests include education and social inequality in the United States and Latin America, Latina feminist epistemologies, and activist research methods and epistemologies. She recently published “Research for change versus research as change: Lessons from a mujerista participatory research team,” in Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 1, March 2008.
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