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Okun, Tema
The emperor has no clothes : teaching about race and racism to people who don't want to know / Tema Okun
Alternate Title Teaching about race and racism to people who don't want to know
Charlotte, N.C. : Information Age Pub., c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  HT1506 .O48 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Racism -- Study and teaching
Multicultural education
Subject United States -- Race relations -- Study and teaching
United States -- Ethnic relations -- Study and teaching
Physical Description xxx, 181 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-179)
Contents The Emperor Has No Clothes. Identity matters ; Why identity matters ; Setting the context ; Deliberate choices ; A clarification ; Assumptions ; Overview ; Privileged resistance ; Cultural turning ; Teaching as process ; Two or three things I know for sure ; Final thoughts ; Poem: Lament for Dark Peoples -- The Tailors Weave: White Supremacy Culture. Defining culture ; White makes right ; Digging deeper ; The right to profit ; Individualism ; The binary ; Poem: Passover -- Refusing to See: Privileged Resistance. Privileged resistance ; A stage of development ; Aspects of denial ; Silencing and shifting ; Marginalizing ; Trivializing ; Rationalizing entitlement ; Blaming the victim ; Reverse racism ; No intent = no racism ; Guilt and shame ; Attention and engagement ; A strategic approach ; Abusive resistance ; Poem: The Heart of the World -- A Different Parade: Cultural Shift. Know the unknowable ; The imperative of a power analysis ; The power of vision ; The myth of the majority ; The personal is political ; The power of energy ; Poem: A Black Girl Talks of the United States -- Aspiring to See: a Process of Antiracist Pedagogy. Teaching as process and product ; The process: an overview ; Relationship-building ; Analysis ; Feelings and self-awareness ; Diverse methods ; Application ; Vision ; Poem: Red Brocade -- Reflections on the Parade: What I Know for Sure. Love ; Critical and compassionate ; Timing ; Feelings ; Holding contradictions ; Together we change the world ; Poem: The Long Road -- After the Parade
Summary This book is designed to offer both practical and theoretical grounding for leaders and teachers interested in effectively addressing racism as well as other oppressive constructs. It offers an overview of the role of western culture in maintaining systems of institutional and cultural oppression related to race, class, gender, and sexuality. The dynamics of cultural shift are explored; scientific, spiritual, and cultural theories about cultural transformation are investigated, as are historical periods of dynamic cultural change. The psycho/social history of resistance is examined, and successful strategies for addressing resistance, denial, and fear in the classroom are offered. Using theory, storytelling, and history, effective strategies for teaching about dominance, privilege, internalization are covered as is the importance of working with students to apply theory and engage in the collective task of creating a more just world
Series Educational leadership for social justice

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