In a Classroom of Their Own: The Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools
by Keisha Lindsay
University of Illinois Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-0-252-05040-4 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04173-0 | Paper: 978-0-252-08335-8

Many advocates of all-black male schools (ABMS) argue that these institutions counter black boys' racist emasculation in white, "overly" female classrooms. This argument challenges racism and perpetuates anti-feminism. Keisha Lindsay explores the complex politics of ABMS by situating them within broader efforts as neoliberal education reform and within specific conversations about both "endangered" black males and a "boy" crisis. Lindsay also demonstrates that intersectionality, long considered feminist, is in fact a politically fluid framework. As such, it represents a potent tool for advancing diverse political agendas, like ABMS supporters', that champion anti-racist education for black boys while obscuring black girls' own race and gender-based oppression in school. Finally, Lindsay theorizes how groups can form antiracist and feminist coalitions even when their experienced-based claims threaten bridge building. The way forward, Lindsay shows, allows groups to navigate the racial and gendered politics that divide them in pursuit of productive--and progressive--solutions. Far-thinking and boldly argued, In a Classroom of Their Own explores the dilemmas faced by professionals and parents seeking equitable schooling for all students--black boys and otherwise.

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