“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 5: How Mixed-Identity Students Develop Racial Identities
How Mixed-Identity Students Develop Racial Identities
Do mixed-identity students develop their identities in ways that differ from other students in our classrooms? The research, for the most part, suggests they do. If they do, what do we need to know about the racial-identity development of these students? Our journey now takes us to the research on racial-identity development and narratives that speak to the process of identity.
In Raising Biracial Children, Rockquemore and Laszloffy (2005) state that “multiracial children growing up today exist at a transitional moment in history—when race is both real and unreal, trapped somewhere between the enduring legacy of slavery and the promise of the Multiracial movement” (pp. 159–160). The 21st century finds multiracial students at a transitional ...