Throughout the history of the United States, racism has served to advantage White people while disadvantaging people of color. Racism acts to suppress opportunities for people of color largely through systems rather than individual acts, making it difficult to address without undertaking systemic work. In this book, Dr. Neitzel provides a road map for those seeking to undertake such work, not in theory, but in the communities that have been so consistently devastated by the effects of White supremacy. It is a must read for anyone interested in effecting real, desperately needed change.
Jennifer Neitzel has gone to a place few White education researchers have gone and stayed – laser focus on the role of the U.S. history and continued legacy of institutional racism that maintains the achievement gap. Neitzel, rightfully, focuses on White peoples’ dirty laundry of acquiescing to White supremacy, anti-blackness, and structural racism to maintain their racial hierarchy and privilege. This book is a direct call and challenge to White Liberal America to make sure education and society works for all by actively engaging in eradicating racism and sharing power and privilege. Neitzel has given us a blue print for racial equity in education – moving beyond the act of lip-service and guilty-giving to reconstructing an anti-bias and anti-racist educational system (and society).
Neitzel provides a thorough review of the failings of the current system and offers suggestions for dismantling and rebuilding through a community-based strategic planning process. This short book reads as a textbook with a thorough review of the literature.