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Black Appetite. White Food.
Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom

ISBN 9781138480667
Published May 21, 2019 by Routledge
104 Pages

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Book Description

Black Appetite. White Food. invites educators to explore the nuanced manifestations of white privilege as it exists within and beyond the classroom. Renowned speaker and author Jamila Lyiscott provides ideas and tools that teachers, school leaders, and professors can use for awareness, inspiration, and action around racial injustice and inequity.

Part I of the book helps you ask the hard questions, such as whether your pedagogy is more aligned with colonialism than you realize and whether you are really giving students of color a voice. Part II offers a variety of helpful strategies for analysis and reflection. Each chapter includes personal stories, frank discussions of the barriers you may face, and practical ideas that will guide you as you work to confront privilege in your classroom, campus, and beyond. 

Table of Contents

Introduction;  Part I: Naming the Problem;  1. Vision-Driven Justice;  2. Black Appetite, White Food;  3. If You Think You’re Giving Students of Color a Voice, Get Over Yourself!;  4. Your Pedagogy Might Be More Aligned with Colonialism Than You Realize;  5. Why Did All the Black Students Boycott My Classroom?;  Part II: Tools for Analysis and Action;  6. T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., Black Girl Magic, and Harry Potter;  7. The Politics of Ratchetness;  8. Critical Hope in the Context of Crisis;  9. Why I Started Using Cyphers for Justice;  Afterword

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Jamila Lyiscott is an author, a community-engaged scholar, and a nationally acclaimed speaker. She serves as an assistant professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is the founding co-director of the forthcoming Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research. Her scholarship and activism work together to explore, assert, and defend the value of Black life throughout and beyond the field of education. Jamila’s current research focuses on the power of youth-led social research and activism to foster racial healing across schools and communities. She is most well-known for being featured on where her video, "3 Ways to Speak English," was viewed over 4.6 million times. Learn more about Jamila at and @jamila_lyiscott on Twitter and Instagram.