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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Overview

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: 87,175
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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