Teaching While White is one of those rare books that embraces truth as opposed to obscuring it, that peeks beneath the Fanonian white mask of teaching to present a profession incontestably disfigured due to the violent brutalities of historical oppression, racist xenophobia, and the debilitating gaze of whiteness. Original and insightful, it speaks truth to pedagogy, recognizing that, not only is the classroom always a contested space, the teacher is a contested identity that can be reimagined to advance social change. The secrets to the transmogrification of not only the profession, but the ‘professional’, lie in this absorbing text.
Alas, a much-needed read for (white) educators that includes a discussion on race AND immigration. Roy provides not only an accessible analysis and critique of whiteness in our schools, but also offers rich examples of how educators can begin their journey of serving as committed allies to communities and students of color.
Roy’s Teaching While White: Addressing the Intersections of Race and Immigration in the Classroom provides educators a brilliant tool for engaging White students in dialogue with transformative potential. This extremely timely and compelling book centers anti-racist work in the classroom toward dismantling white supremacy. Not just for teacher education programs, this text offers valuable lessons and strategies for educators across disciplines who are committed to creating liberatory pedagogical spaces grounded in justice and equity.
If you follow the advice of this book get ready to learn how to be “comfortable being uncomfortable.” Teachers now inhabit classrooms where racism, xenophobia, homophobia and white privilege are not just normalized, but are viewed by some as appropriate expressions that validate their worldview. Dr. Roy’s insightful and timely book guides teachers through the potential ideological landmines that play out in the classroom. This book is a needed and valuable tool for all teachers, but particularly white teachers, who are looking for effective ways to critique the problem of whiteness.