Raising Race Questions explores the opportunities and challenges that arise when White teachers are willing to deal directly with race and the role it plays in their classrooms. Based on lessons gleaned from experienced White teachers in a variety of settings, it lays out a path for using inquiry to develop sustained, productive engagement with challenging - and common - questions about race. It suggests that guilt and conflict need not be the end point of raising race questions and offers alternative destinations: antiracist classrooms, positive racial identities, and a restoration of the wholeness that racism undermines.
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 cofounder of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators.