Dancing with Bigotry: Beyond the Politics of Tolerance
At the end of the 20th century, one of the most pressing challenges facing educators in the United States is the specter of an ethnic and cultural ... Show synopsis At the end of the 20th century, one of the most pressing challenges facing educators in the United States is the specter of an ethnic and cultural war - a code phrase that engenders our society's licentiousness toward racism. In this work, Macedo and Bartolome use examples from the mass media, popular culture, and politics to illustrate the larger situations facing educators and how this type of argument is both ignored in much of the academic research and rhetoric. They also examine why it is essential to take on the sources of mass public education. Academia needs to understand that the popular press and mass media educate more people about issues regarding ethnicity and race than all other sources of education available to U.S. citizens. By shunning the mass media, educators are missing the obvious more public education is done by the media than by teachers, professors, or anyone else. Dancing with Bigotry sheds light on the ideological mechanisms that shape and maintain the racist social order, while moving the discussion beyond the reductionist binarism of White versus Black racism.