Should Schools Be Colorblind?

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-09-10
  • Publisher: Polity

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Is being colorblind the most effective way to address overt and covert racism in schooling today? Should educators pretend that race doesn’t matter? 

Award-winning sociologist Laurie Cooper Stoll argues that, as long as society is stratified along racial lines, taking a colorblind approach will never end racial inequalities in schooling. Educators must strive to be color-conscious and actively engage in antiracism if they want to address prejudice and discrimination in education and the wider society. If not, they end up perpetuating racial inequity and white supremacy, whether intentionally or not.

Drawing on her research and professional development with educators as well as her experience as a publicly elected school board member, Stoll illustrates the complexities, contradictions, and consequences of colorblindness in schools and provides concrete suggestions for people coming to racial justice work in education from multiple entry points.

Author Biography

Laurie Cooper Stoll is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Race and Colorblindness in Schools Today
  • The Ideology of Colorblind Racism
  • Taking Account of Race and Colorblindness in Schools
  • Chapter 2: Now You See Race, Now You Don’t
  • Racism in Education Still Exists, But It’s Not a Major Problem Here
  • When Racism Becomes Bullying
  • The White Backlash
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3: Doing Antiracism in Schools  
  • Teachers as Advocates for Racial Justice
  • Administrators as Advocates for Racial Justice      
  • Schools Board Members as Advocates for Racial Justice
  • Community Members as Advocates for Racial Justice
  • Moving Forward
  • Postscript: Social Justice Canaries in the Coalmine
  • References 
  • Index 

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