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Getting Real About Race

Getting Real About Race

Second Edition
Edited by:

September 2017 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This popular reader is an edited collection of short essays that address the most common myths and misconceptions about race and racism held by students, and by many in the United States in general. In the updated Second Edition of Getting Real About Race, editors Stephanie M. McClure and Cherise A. Harris continue to enlist leading experts and educators to address the arguments about topics that students will recognize from private conversations and public discourse, including colorblindness, meritocracy, educational attainment, and definitions of citizenship. Each essay considers the evidence against one particular racial myth, and is written in clear, jargon-free language. The unique format of this book makes it especially conducive to productive discussions about race.


Cherise A. Harris and Stephanie M. McClure
Essay 1: “But My Mother Says It’s Rude to Talk About Race!”: How and Why We Need to Discuss Race in the United States
Daniel Buffington
Essay 2: “Blacks Are Naturally Good Athletes”: The Myth of a Biological Basis for Race
Bradley Koch
Essay 3: “Native American/Indian, Asian/Oriental, Latino/Hispanic . . . Who Cares?”: Language and the Power of Self-Definition
Steve Garner and Saher Selod
Essay 4: “Is Discrimination Against Muslims Really Racism?”: The Racialization of Islamophobia
Ted Thornhill
Essay 5: “If People Stopped Talking About Race, It Wouldn’t Be a Problem Anymore”: Silencing the Myth of a Color-Blind Society
Paula Ioanide
Essay 6: “Obama Says Blacks Should Just Work Harder; Isn’t That Right?”: The Myth of Meritocracy
Rashawn Ray
Essay 7: “If Only He Hadn’t Worn the Hoodie . . .”: Race, Selective Perception, and Stereotype Maintenance
Jennifer Domino Rudolph
Essay 8: “My Family Had to Learn English When They Came, so Why Is Everything in Spanish for Them?”: Race and the Spanish Language in the United States
Min Zhou
Essay 9: “Asians Are Doing Great, so That Proves Race Really Doesn’t Matter Anymore”: The Model Minority Myth and the Sociological Reality
Jen’nan Ghazal Read
Essay 10: “But Muslims Aren’t Like Us!”: Deconstructing Myths About Muslims in America
Dana M. Williams
Essay 11: “But It’s Honoring! It’s Tradition!”: The Persistence of Racialized Indian Mascots and Confederate Culture in Sports
Nikki Khanna
Essay 12: “But What About the Children?”: Understanding Contemporary Attitudes Toward Interracial Dating and Marriage
Dawne M. Mouzon
Essay 13: “Black People Don’t Value Marriage as Much as Others”: Examining Structural Inequalities in Black Marriage Patterns
Hersheda Patel, Emily Meanwell, and Stephanie M. McClure
Essay 14: “Well, That Culture Really Values Education”: Culture Versus Structure in Educational Attainment
Stephanie M. McClure
Essay 15: “They Don’t Want to Be Integrated; They Even Have Their Own Greek Organizations”: History, Institutional Context, and “Self-Segregation”
OiYan Poon
Essay 16: “I Had a Friend Who Had Worse Scores Than Me and He Got Into a Better College”: The Legal and Social Realities of the College Admissions Process
Politics, Social Policy, and the State
Kara Cebulko
Essay 17: “We Need to Take Care of ‘Real Americans’ First”: Historical and Contemporary Definitions of Citizenship
Sara Buck Doude
Essay 18: “If Black People Aren’t Criminals, Then Why Are So Many of Them in Prison?”: Confronting Racial Biases in Perceptions of Crime and Criminals
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Essay 19: “What’s the Point of ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protests?”: Black Lives Matter as a Movement, Not a Moment
Dawne M. Mouzon
Essay 20: “If Only They Would Make Better Choices . . .”: Confronting Myths About Ethnoracial Health Disparities
Wendy Leo Moore
Essay 21: “Now All the Good Jobs Go to Them!”: Affirmative Action in the Labor Market
Geoff Harkness
Essay 22: “Why Do They Get to Use the N-Word but I Can’t?”: Privilege, Power, and the Politics of Language
Brittney Dennis
Essay 23: “It’s Appreciation, Not Appropriation! I Don’t Know Why You’re Offended!”: Understanding Exploitation and Cultural Appropriation
Mark Orbe
Essay 24: “#BlackLivesMatter Is Racist; It Should Be #AllLivesMatter!”: #AllLivesMatter as Post-Racial Rhetoric
Cherise A. Harris
Essay 25: “I’m Not Racist; Some of My Best Friends Are . . .”: Debunking the Friends Defense and Revisiting Allyship in the Post-Obama Era
About the Editors

“[Getting Real About Race] hits on many of the major topics one would want to cover in a undergraduate race course. It is accessible, yet draws on research explicitly. The questions it poses and answers are exactly the questions that come up in class.”

Sofya Aptekar
University of Massachusetts Boston

“My students loved [Getting Real About Race]. They were not overwhelmed with the readings and engaged them. The reads were rigorous and thought provoking, which is what an aspect of critical literacy is.”

Jesus Jaime-Diaz
University of Arizona

Getting Real About Race hits on many of the major topics one would want to cover in an undergraduate race course. It is accessible, yet it draws on research explicitly. The questions it poses and then answers are exactly the questions that come up in class.”


Sofya Aptekar
University of Massachusetts Boston

“My students love Getting Real About Race. They are not overwhelmed with the readings and are engaged by them. The readings are rigorous and thought provoking.” 

Jesus Jaime-Diaz
University of Arizona

I like the the range of topics included in this book

Srijana Karki
Sociology Dept, Oklahoma State University
July 14, 2021

Stephanie M. McClure

Stephanie M. McClure is a professor of sociology at Georgia College. She teaches classes on racial stratification, social theory, and the sociology of education. Her research interests are in the area of higher education, with a focus on college student persistence and retention across race, class, and gender, and a special emphasis on postcollege student experiences that increase student social and academic integration. She has published in the Journal of Higher Education, Symbolic Interaction, and The Journal of African American Studies. More About Author

Cherise A. Harris

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ISBN: 9781506339306