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  •  a great book on this (none)
    is Beverly Daniel Tatum's "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity ... it's a brilliant book looking at what children notice about race and difference and what we teach them as they are learning to notice. I think everyone in the country should read it. Maybe especially white people.

    My college (predominantly white, including me) uses it in some intro classes on race relations and racism and it is very useful, as well as being accessible and even inspiring in its writing. One thing that's so noticable in these classes is how the students are so very uncomfortable about talking about race, even mentioning it in a neutral fashion. And that's because our society's standard is to not mention it at all because it's not polite or makes people uncomfortable, which prevents people from getting the practice talking about race or talking to people of a different race. And I think we need lots of practice talking, before we actually run into tense situations where tempers run hot. So I think all of us should be talking with our kids (or families) about race and American history, even on the most general and introductory level.

    "There are no shortcuts to accomplishing constructive social change ... struggle is called 'struggle' for a reason." Ward Churchill

    by CAuniongirl on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 10:00:36 PM PST

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