A Defense of Contemporary Literature in Schools (Even YA)

Your “great books” fetish is elitist, racist, and utterly nonsensical

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In their recent attacks on school curriculum dealing with racism in America, conservatives have tended to focus on literature — from children’s books to novels — as much as history texts themselves.

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Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)

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Tim Wise

Tim Wise

Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)

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