Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools

Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools

by Mica Pollock
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Princeton University Press
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Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools

In Because of Race, Mica Pollock tackles a long-standing and fraught debate over racial inequalities in America's schools. Which denials of opportunity experienced by students of color should be remedied? Pollock exposes raw, real-time arguments over what inequalities of opportunity based on race in our schools look like today—and what, if anything, various Americans should do about it.

Pollock encountered these debates while working at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in 1999-2001. For more than two years, she listened to hundreds of parents, advocates, educators, and federal employees talk about the educational treatment of children and youth in specific schools and districts. People debated how children were spoken to, disciplined, and ignored in both segregated and desegregated districts, and how children were afforded or denied basic resources and opportunities to learn. Pollock discusses four rebuttals that greeted demands for everyday justice for students of color inside schools and districts. She explores how debates over daily opportunity provision exposed conflicting analyses of opportunity denial and harm worth remedying. Because of Race lays bare our habits of argument and offers concrete suggestions for arguing more successfully toward equal opportunity.

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ISBN-13: 9780691148090
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/25/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii


REBUTTAL ONE: Harms to Children of Color Cannot Be Proved 22

REBUTTAL TWO: Harms to Children of Color Should Not Be Discussed 64

REBUTTAL THREE: Harms to Children of Color Cannot Be Remedied 101

REBUTTAL FOUR: Harms to Children of Color Are Too "Small" to Fix 136

CONCLUSION: Arguing toward Everyday Justice in the New Civil Rights Era 175

Notes 187

Bibliography 255

Index 273

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