Synopses & Reviews
A book of essays by mothers and teachers, Everyday Acts Against Racism examines the effects of racism on our children and communities--and suggests ways we can end our society's racial stratification. Writing from many cultural perspectives, the contributors provide provocative commentaries on the realities of racial intolerance and their own experiences in fighting racism.
In this empowering book, mothers and teachers look at the effects of racism on our children and communities - and suggest practical ways we can work to end racial divisions. Drawing on diverse cultural perspectives as well as experiences in multiracial families, the contributors offer insightful commentaries on racial intolerance and their experiences in fighting it: a white mother of a black daughter takes on discrimination at her daughter's high school, a Latina mother helps her biracial son learn to celebrate his ethnic heritage, a black mother prepares her young children for the journey through a not-yet tolerant society, a white adoptive mother of two Latina children examines the need for crossing cultural divides, a Japanese-American mother reflects on her dual heritage as she prepares to raise her newborn biracial child, a black college professor helps his students take their perspectives on race relations beyond the classroom, and a white Jewish mother of black sons redefines the meaning of survival and resistance at a Passover seder. A vital book that honors diversity in our rapidly changing society, Everyday Acts Against racism is an indispensable tool for teaching new values to children and for transforming divided communities.
Table of Contents
You have to start somewhere / Martha Roth -- Undoing the smile / Nancy Butcher -- A mother's birth / Pauline A. Santos -- Nurturing antiracism / Yolanda Flores Niemann -- Unpacking the white privilege diaper bag / Jennifer E. Morales -- "That wouldn't be fair" / Staci Swenson -- Trial and error / Daryl LaRoche -- Confessions of a witch with limited powers / Martha Satz -- "Ain't that love?" : antiracism and racial constructions of motherhood / Andrea O'Reilly -- When our faces are at the bottom of the well / Shawn R. Donaldson -- Bringing it on home : teaching/mothering antiracism / Lynda Marâin -- Mothers confronting racism : transforming the lives of our children and others / Blanche Radford Curry -- Lessons in failure : narrative of a Puertorrican mother / Eileen de los Reyes -- Teaching the (bi)racial space that has no name : reflections of a black male feminist teacher / Gary Lemons -- The first lesson, and many more / Marguerite Guzman Bouvard -- Passing over / Jane Lazarre -- Between exiles / Julia Epstein -- Voices from the deep South / Linda H. Southward and Phyllis Gray-Ray -- Mothering across racial and cultural boundaries / Shelley Park -- Working on redemption / Maureen T. Reddy.