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When Race Breaks Out

Conversations about Race and Racism in College Classrooms – 3rd Revised edition

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Helen Fox

The third revised edition of "When Race Breaks Out" is a guide for college and high school teachers who want to promote honest and informed conversations about race and racism. Based on the author's personal practice and interviews with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines, this book combines personal memoirs, advice, teaching ideas, and lively classroom vignettes. A unique insideräs guide to the salient ideas, definitions, and opinions about race helps instructors answer students' questions and anticipate their reactions, both to the material and to each other. An extensive annotated bibliography of articles, books, and videos with recommendations for classroom use is included.

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Chapter 3: Insider’s Guide Part II: Discrimination, Racism, and Race Hatred

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· 3 · insider’s guide part ii Discrimination, Racism, and Race Hatred The following definitions and examples are focused on racism and other forms of discrimination and hatred. As in the previous chapter, some of the quotes come directly from published texts, formal student interviews, and student writing; others I have created from memories of ideas, feelings, and opinions I have heard expressed in the classroom, in private conversations, or in all- white public environments. Many of the quotes show how people express their prejudice and racism—sometimes unconsciously or subtly, sometimes quite openly. Other quotes try to capture the experiences and points of view of people who are targets of racism. You can use this “insider information” to educate yourself the way I did when I began to tackle this subject. You’ll feel more competent to answer students’ questions, steer them in the right direc- tion when they get off track, and, most importantly, you’ll be prepared to give your students specific examples that link abstract concepts to real life. I have also used this guide, or parts of it, to open up the topic of racism in the classroom, or to prepare students for discussions of race-related top- ics in various disciplines. I might start with the first three definitions in this chapter, prejudice, discrimination, and “reverse discrimination,” since these terms are commonly misunderstood. After students have read the definitions, I ask questions that help them think more deeply about each quote: “Have you 32 when race breaks out ever...

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