Readings

 
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Segregation by Design

An Interview with Richard Rothstein, 2018

Interviewers from Teaching Tolerance interview Richard Rothstein about his most recent book, The Color of Law, which discusses the history of systematic housing segregation in the United States and how this history ties into the unfortunate longevity of segregation among the nation’s schools. Rothstein additionally links residential segregation to many of the difficulties faced by communities of color in the United States.

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'White Kids'

Scott Jaschik interviewing Margaret A. Hagerman, 2018

Scott Jaschik from Inside Higher Ed interviews social researcher Margaret A. Hagerman about her most recent work, White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege in a Racially Divided America. In the interview, Dr. Hagerman discusses how white children develop their racial understandings and sense of privilege by watching their parents' and families' actions, not by how these authority figures talk about race. She also mentions the concept of racial apathy which informs many white students' disinterest in the trauma and difficulties faced by people of color.

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Cultural Humility versus cultural competence: A critical distinction in defining physician training outcomes in multicultural education

Melanie Tervalon & Jann Murray-García, 1998

Cultural humility is a framework for multicultural education, first created by Drs. Tervalon and Murray-García for the education of doctors serving a diverse population of patients. While initially intended for physicians, however, the framework works equally well for trainings in any profession, or for educating students on navigating our global world. The framework is also featured in a 30 minute documentary on Youtube, including interviews with Drs. Tervalon and Murray-García, as well as archival footage and anecdotes.

Camaraderie: Reality and the Neoindigenous

Christopher Emdin, 2016

Chapter 1 from the book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood (And the Rest of Y'all Too)In this reading, Dr. Emdin links the experiences of students of color to those of indigenous peoples, highlighting post racial tension stress disorder as an outcome of maltreatment in schools. He posits that seeing students of color as neoindigenous "moves educators to focus on the ways that youth see the world and their position in it based on the facts, laws, rules, and principles that govern the places they are from and the consequent spaces they inhabit."

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Naming the unnamed: White culture in relief

Ali Michael, Chonika Coleman-King, Sarah Lee, Cecilia Ramirez, & Keisha Bentley-Edwards, 2016

The dominant rhetoric in America implies that white people are a-cultural, and therefore the default or "template" of the typical American, while all other groups can be defined by their cultures. In this reading, Ali Michael and her team seek to overturn that mindset by pointing out the cultural properties of white Americans and that culture's emphasis on exclusion and gate-keeping.