“With great pleasure, I accompanied Bonnie Davis on her learning journey to better understand the plight and perspective of biracial and multiracial students. Once again, she has enriched my understanding of the powerful intersection of race and schooling. Educators of all races will benefit from the personal narratives, prompts for self-examination, and provocative research she has compiled.”
—Glenn Singleton, Founder and President, Pacific Educational Group, Inc.
Author, Courageous Conversations About Race
What does it mean to be “in between”?
As more biracial and multiracial students enter the classroom, educators have begun to critically examine the concept of race. Through compelling student and teacher narratives, best-selling author Bonnie M. Davis gives voice to a frequently mislabeled and misunderstood segment of the population. Filled with research-based instructional strategies and reflective questions, the book supports readers in examining:
The meaning of race, difference, and ethnicity; How mixed-identity students develop racial identities; How to adjust instruction to demonstrate cultural proficiency; Complex questions to help deepen understanding of bi- and multiracial experiences, white privilege, and the history of race in the U.S.
This sensitively written yet practical guide fills a gap in the professional literature by examining the experiences of biracial/multiracial students in the context of today's classrooms. The author calls upon readers to take a transformational journey toward racial literacy and, ultimately, become empowered by a real understanding of what it means to be biracial or multiracial and enable all students to experience increased self-confidence and believe in their ability to succeed.
Chapter 3: What Are You?
What Are You?
In Chapter 2, we examined race and found, according to the American Anthropological Association (1998), that there is no scientific basis for race. The narratives included in the chapter suggest there is no “one racial experience.” Instead, each of us is a unique individual who perceives reality in a unique way. With that in mind, what are we? Let's continue our journey of what we don't know we don't know and examine this question.
What are you?
My answer would simply be a White woman. As a White woman, I have been asked, “What are you?” a few times, presumably because my skin, when tanned, makes me look ethnic and because my birth name is Bonita, which appears on my driver's license. ...