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The Meaning of Brown. . . for Now


by Gloria Ladson-Billings — 2006

I am completing this chapter at the same time that my television, radio, and newspapers are filled with images of the horror that is Hurricane Katrina. These images are the starkest indications that America is sharply divided along race and class lines. Tens of thousands of poor people are displaced and penniless. Their homes, jobs, possessions, and hope have washed away in the putrid, toxic waters of Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, have died. Americans outside of the area have had to transition from the military assault known as “shock and awe” to a federal disaster response that has been called “shockingly awful.”


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 105. No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 14, 2006, p. 298-315
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18610, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 9:56:57 PM

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  • Gloria Ladson-Billings
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    GLORIA LADSON-BILLINGS is Kellner Family chair in urban education and a professor of curriculum and instruction and educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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