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White multicultural educators and activists have undergone a process of transformation as they move from a racist to an anti-racist consciousness. Through detailing their life experiences and significant "racial experiences," the authors identify and discuss the constitutive events that have affected their racial consciousness. In addition to the description of these "racial experiences," the authors discuss the impact that these experiences have on their pedagogy of multicultural education.
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Fifteen contributions examine the process of developing anti-racist views among European-Americans in the context of multicultural education. Acknowledging race as a socio-politically constructed phenomena, educators explore their personal experiences with "Whiteness," their encounters with populations of other races (mostly African-Americans), and their journeys to anti-racism and multiculturalism. The narratives range across geographies and time periods. A final chapter explores some of the pedagogical issues raised in the narratives. ^ Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

CHRISTINE CLARK is Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, New Mexico State University.

JAMES O'DONNELL is Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, New Mexico State University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
1 Rearticulating a Racial Identity: Creating Oppositional Spaces to Fight for Equality and Social Justice 1
2 Unthinking Whiteness, Rethinking Democracy: Critical Citizenship in Gringolandia 10
3 Lighting Candles in the Dark: One Black Woman's Response to White Antiracist Narratives 56
4 Subverting Racism from Within: Linking White Identity to Activism 64
5 Transforming Received Categories: Discovering Cross-Border Identities and Other Subversive Activities 78
6 The Secret: White Lies Are Never Little 92
7 Becoming White: How I Got Over 111
8 Seeing Things As They Are 122
9 The Recollections of a Recovering Racist 137
10 What Could a White Girl from South Boston Possibly Know about Racism? Reflections of a Social Justice Educator 150
11 If You're Not Standing in This Line, You're Standing in the Wrong Line 160
12 Building Blocks: My Journey Toward White Racial Awareness 178
13 "Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Do!" 196
14 White Man Dancing: A Story of Personal Transformation 212
15 Rewriting the Discourse of Racial Identity: Toward a Pedagogy and Politics of Whiteness 224
Bibliography 253
Index 269
About the Editors and Contributors 281
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