Can We Talk about Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation

Can We Talk about Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation

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Major new reflections on race and schools—by the best-selling author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?“

A Simmons College/Beacon Press Race, Education, and Democracy Series Book

Beverly Daniel Tatum emerged on the national scene in 1997 with “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?,“ a book that spoke to a wide audience about the psychological dynamics of race relations in America. Tatum’s unique ability to get people talking about race captured the attention of many, from Oprah Winfrey to President Clinton, who invited her to join him in his nationally televised dialogues on race.

In her first book since that pathbreaking success, Tatum starts with a warning call about the increasing but underreported resegregation of America. A selfdescribed “integration baby“—she was born in 1954—Tatum sees our growing isolation from each other as deeply problematic, and she believes that schools can be key institutions for forging connections across the racial divide.

In this ambitious, accessible book, Tatum examines some of the most resonant issues in American education and race relations:

   • The need of African American students to see themselves reflected in curricula and institutions
   • How unexamined racial attitudes can negatively affect minority-student achievement
   • The possibilities—and complications—of intimate crossracial friendships
Tatum approaches all these topics with the blend of analysis and storytelling that make her one of our most persuasive and engaging commentators on race.

Can We Talk About Race? launches a collaborative lecture and book series between Beacon Press and Simmons College, which aims to reinvigorate a crucial national public conversation on race, education and democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807032855
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Series: Race, Education, and Democracy
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 480,679
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Beverly Daniel Tatum is author of "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Assimilation Blues. She is currently president of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she lives with her husband.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Can We Talk about Race?     ix
The Resegregation of Our Schools and the Affirmation of Identity     1
Connecting the Dots: How Race in America's Classrooms Affects Achievement     39
"What Kind of Friendship Is That?": The Search for Authenticity, Mutuality, and Social Transformation in Cross-Racial Relationships     83
In Search of Wisdom: Higher Education for a Changing Democracy     105
Afterword     127
Acknowledgments     133
Notes     135

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Creativefolk More than 1 year ago
I was halfway through this book when a family health crisis distracted me. A lot has happened since then, including the election of the first African American president. According to many white pundits, January 20 2009 marked the official end of racism in America...making this book all the more critical because now we're even LESS likely to talk openly and honestly about race than we were before. Each chapter in the book is based on a lecture in the "Race, Education and Democracy" series at Simmons College. In each, the author seamlessly weaves together personal experience, current events, factual data and policy analysis to help us not only understand where we are, but where we need to be and how we might get there. The first chapter explains that school segregation (or as she puts it, "resegregation") is still very much with us, and what needs to happen if we are to move beyond it. The second chapter examines why this even matters: because race in American classrooms is effecting achievement. The third chapter explores the thorny issue of cross-racial friendships, and questions whether we can have social change if we don't have interpersonal social connection. The final chapter takes us in search of wisdom, providing examples of ways to cultivate leadership. This book is more timely than ever. In a way, I'm glad I waited to finish it.
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