To Beth and others who are interested in learning more about white privilege:
these books have been extremely helpful to me in understanding why racism
still exists today even after all the good work of so many people:
"The Racial Contract", and "Blackness Visible" both by Charles W. Mills
"Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" by Beverly
"Amazing Grace: the Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation", by
These articles are also helpful as is the very powerful video "The Color of
"Beyond Chopsticks and dragons: Selecting Asian-American literature for
Children" by Ed. faculty at San Diego State University
"The Pedagogy of Poverty versus Good Teaching," by Martin Haberman
"Effective Instruction for Language Minority Students: the Teacher" by
"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
These books are good for understanding the daily difficulties of urban kids,
especially boys: "Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun" and "Reaching Up for Manhood"
both by Geoffrey Canada who founded the Rheedlen Centers for Children in NYC
which are after- school havens for city kids.
My favorite book this summer -- which I am still reading -- is about
diversity in the contemporary art world, Lucy Lippard's "Mixed Blessings".
It has lots of interesting quotes from artists and deals directly with the
fact that most museums still do not show artists of color.
I was very inspired last January to be at the Brooklyn Art Museum and see
their new take on exhibiting American art. They included artwork of African
American artists, Native Americans and other art that had been "ghettoized"
into specialized exhibits or anthropological exhibits heretofore.
Other interesting books are "Makes Me Wanna Holler" an autobiography by
McLean (?) I forget the author's name and "The Chaneysville Incident"
(author?) which is historical fiction with a lot of information about black
history that we usually don't learn or teach (because we haven't been taught).
Anyway -- this is what I've read -- there is so much more to read -- and it
is SO IMPORTANT for white teachers to understand how our society and our
educational systems create barriers for people of color and to do our best to
open the doors -- art is a terrific vehicle for that as you all know.