Our #NewBookoftheWeek at Murray State University is Raising Race Questions: Whiteness & Inquiry in Education. Author Ali Michael is Director of K–12 Consulting and Professional Development at the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Director and co-founder of the Race Institute for K–12 Educators. The book is available on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.
Conversations about race can be confusing, contentious, and frightening, particularly for White people. Even just asking questions about race can be scary because we are afraid of what our questions might reveal about our ignorance or bias. Raising Race Questions invites teachers to use inquiry as a way to develop sustained engagement with challenging racial questions and to do so in community so that they learn how common their questions actually are. It lays out both a process for getting to questions that lead to growth and change, as well as a vision for where engagement with race questions might lead. Race questions are not meant to lead us into a quagmire of guilt, discomfort, or isolation. Sustained race inquiry is meant to lead to anti-racist classrooms, positive racial identities, and a restoration of the wholeness of spirit and community that racism undermines. — Teacher’s College Press