Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing -- 2nd Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
In the winter of 2013 I met up with Chris Myers, managing director of Peter Lang (USA), at one of the national education conferences. At this time he encouraged me to consider a second edition of America’s Atonement. I was especially enthusiastic about the invitation because I was just about to visit the University of Virginia to speak with students who were studying the book. Later, Chris further enhanced my growing enthusiasm with an observation: “The world is such that your argument about the state of things is well supported by reality.” I agreed with him. But what of it? What might be said that has not; and to whom might it be directed? These two questions have figured greatly in the revisions and expansions made to this second edition.
In the first edition of America’s Atonement, I focused on racial pain, its rhetorical expressions, and some of the opportunities they provided for racial healing. I paid particular attention to white racial pain both because of its under-examination and centrality to any comprehensive and meaningful movement toward greater social justice. I therefore looked at the objective and subjective character of white racial pain across several settings, notably academia and the multicultural classroom. I further examined popular cultural expressions of efforts to recover from this massively felt psychomoral pain through the cinema and cultural movements. By turning a critical lens on these phenomena, I hoped to further what I termed a “pedagogy of healing,” ← xvii | xviii → a...
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