Race on campus: On ‘Teaching Black History to White People’

From The Chronicle: “Leonard N. Moore, a professor of history … shares his approach in a new book: Teaching Black History to White People … Most of the kids, when they say they don’t see race, on one hand that could be applauded. What they’re saying is, ‘I don’t stereotype people based on race.’ I tell them that in America it’s all about connected individuality. I need to see race. I need to see difference. … In another class, I have 30 to 40 undocumented students. I tell people that if you’re an undocumented student, whenever somebody walks into the classroom in the middle of the lecture, you’re thinking, is it ICE? Whenever you get a text message, you’re wondering, has my uncle or grandmother been deported? That’s why we have to see individuals.”

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