The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know by Tema Okum provides theoretical and practical information to those who are involved in anti-racism teaching initiatives.

Synopsis of the chapters:

“The first chapter looks at the toxic consequences of our western cultural insistence on profit, binary thinking, and individualism to establish the theoretical framework for teaching about race and racism. Chapter two investigates privileged resistance, offering a psycho/social history of denial, particularly as a product of racist culture. Chapter three reviews the research on the construction and reconstruction of dominant culture both historically and now in order to establish sound strategic approaches that educators, teachers, facilitators, and activists can take as we work together to move from a culture of profit and fear to one of shared hope and love. Chapter four lays out the stages of a process that supports teaching about racist, white supremacy culture, explaining how students can be taken through an iterative process of relationship building, analysis, planning, action, and reflection. The final chapter borrows from the brilliant, brave, and incisive writer Dorothy Allison to discuss the things the author knows for sure about how to teach people to see that which we have been conditioned to fear knowing. The chapter concludes with how to encourage and support collective and collaborative action as a critical goal of the process.” For more reviews and access to the book visit http://books.google.ca/books?id=iokfccm9WkMC&source=gbs_similarbooks.

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