“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 4: What Are the Challenges for Multiracial Students?
What Are the Challenges for Multiracial Students?
If, like me, you believe mixed-identity students may face experiences you don't know you don't know, then our journey continues with a discussion of these challenges. In this chapter, students and educators, children and parents—persons who identify as monoracial and multiracial—share their experiences so that we can better understand how race impacts all of our lives.
What Challenges do Multiracial Students Face?
Stan Breckenridge, an African American professor of musicology on the West Coast, and Graig Meyer, an educator in a North Carolina school district on the East Coast, share a common concern about their adolescent daughters. They each worry about the way their daughters will be treated by their peers. I too worry ...