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America's Atonement

Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing -- 2nd Edition


Aaron David Gresson III

The second edition of America’s Atonement: Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing argues that racial pain is a driving force in contemporary race relations and is especially prevalent in social discourses on identity, fairness, and social justice. Despite its importance, racial pain is too often glossed over as mundane or disingenuous. For this reason, social justice activism and education are in danger of undermining the needs and opportunities to more effectively convey what has been called «difficult knowledge». This book highlights emergent examples of psychic and relational healing.
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A Personal Preface

1.See The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 5, January 19, and April 26, 1996. These news features cover the charges against the University of Minnesota Press, the racial divide at the university presses, and the dismissal of charges against the director of the university press. Although Biodun Iginla, the Nigeria-born former senior editor, planned to file a civil suit against Ms. Lisa Freeman, the university, and the press, nothing was subsequently reported about this.


2In 2009, a white female blogger received what was voted the best Yahoo response to why whites weren’t invited to the Million Man March: “It wasn’t about white people? So now its okay then for us White people to have a White people million man march and black muslims [sic] won’t mind that? What this was about was getting REVENGE from white rich people, and really all white Americans who aren’t Muslims.” This passage addresses both the felt unfairness of the March as well as its perceived mean-spiritedness.

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