In deference to upcoming Black History Month (October!), we’re highlighting a recent arrival on our shelves from Mica Pollock. “Colormute”, an American Educational Research Association award-winning collection of case studies and anthropological analyses, articulates some of the fundamental questions around race, racial labels, and legacies of systemic racism in the classroom. Pollock’s ethnographic study in a California City high school turns the term “color-blind”, so often invoked in conversations about a “post-racial America”, to gesture towards the problem of “color-muteness”, or lack of intersectional and practical dialogue, around race in secondary education settings. This book serves as an excellent starting point for educators, critical race thinkers and general readers alike, and is a reliable catalyst for beginning prescient and crucial conversations between peers and students.
On the shelf:
Pollock, M. (2004). Colormute: Race talk dilemmas in an American school. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.