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1st Edition

Race and Colorism in Education

Edited By

Carla Monroe

ISBN 9780367195908
Published April 15, 2019 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

As one of the first scholarly books to focus on colorism in education, this volume considers how connections between race and color may influence school-based experiences. Chapter authors question how variations in skin tone, as well as related features such as hair texture and eye color, complicate perspectives on race and they demonstrate how colorism is a form of discrimination that affects educational stakeholders, especially students, families, and professionals, across P-16 institutions. This volume provides an outline of colorism’s contemporary relevance within the United States and shares considerations for international dimensions that are linked to immigration, refugee populations, and Canada. By situating colorism in an educational context, this book offers suggestions for how educators may engage and confront this form of discrimination.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part One: The Complexity of Race and Color in Education 2. Resisting Everyday Colorism in Schools: Strategies for Identifying and Interrupting the Problem that Won’t Go Away Janie Victoria Ward, Tracy L. Robinson-Wood, and Noreen Boadi 3. Thoughts on Bullying and Colorism in Black Women’s Remembered Experiences Kimberly Jade Norwood and Carla R. Monroe 4. From Colored People to Students of Color: The Complexity of Colorism in Families and Educational Institutions John L. Taylor, Suzanne Desjardin, Irene Robles-Lopez, and Charita Johnson Stubbs 5. Marked for Labor: Latina Bodies and Transnational Capital – A Marxist Feminist Critical Pedagogy Lilia D. Monzó and Peter McLaren 6. Mixed Race College Students and Colorism: Considerations for Postsecondary Institutions Paul Shang and Heather Shea Gasser 7. Multiracial College Students and Colorism: Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave C. Casey Ozaki and Laura Parson Part Two: International Perspectives on Race and Color in Education 8. Global to Local: What Influences Racial and Ethnic Identity Construction among Latino Adolescents? Edward Fergus 9. De-hue-manizing Them: Color and Acculturation among Second-generation South Asians Sailaja N. Joshi, Murali Balaji, and Pawan Deshpande 10. Following the Lamp Beside the Golden Door: Immigrant Families in Literature and Life Catherine Compton-Lilly, Suzanne Porath, and Dana Ryan 11. Colorism and the Educational Experiences of Immigrants and Refugees: Global and Local Considerations for Educators Nicole M. Monteiro and Donna Y. Ford 12. Race, Color, and Family: Exploring Possibilities of School Engagement Leanne Taylor Conclusion

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Carla R. Monroe is a former research scientist at the University of Georgia, USA.


"Race and Colorism in Education offers bold multidisciplinary interrogations into discriminatory issues of skin color and the dehumanizing impact of these issues on the educational experiences of Black, Latina/o, and other students perceived as ‘non-white.’ These collective insights are especially salient and timely, given the destructive climate of racialization that tenaciously persists across the United States and its corrupting influences on the psyche of the nation."

--Antonia Darder, Leavey Endowed Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership, Loyola Marymount University, USA


Race and Colorism in Education addresses a fundamental void in the literature and adds to the complex understandings of race and inequality in society. As a teacher and teacher educator, I have witnessed colleagues, classroom teachers, and administrators grapple with the seldom studied constructs that underlie the issue of colorism; without the language and grounding to intelligently and thoughtfully consider the implications, the nuance is lost. This book is relevant and well-timed to contribute to the national conversation regarding the heightened tensions and incidents surrounding race, phenotype, and skin tone. Carla R. Monroe and colleagues have provided a powerful tool to support the work of civic leaders, educators, and scholars alike in setting the foundation for authentic, meaningful, and challenging discourse necessary for movement and transformation.

--Kimberly A. White-Smith, Dean of LaFetra College of Education, University of La Verne, USA