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    Symbols in the Strange Fruit Seeds

    What “the Talk” Black Parents Have with Their Sons Tells Us About Racism

    Raygine DiAquoi
    In this article, Raygine DiAquoi explores the temporality of “the talk” Black parents have with their sons, analyzing the way the messages they share with their sons about racism reflect sociohistorical changes around issues of race. Over the course of a year, DiAquoi conducted a qualitative investigation of the content of the messages seventeen families shared with their adolescent sons about discrimination. She asserts that the similarities between the conversations families have today and those had by Black families living during the pre–Brown v. Board of Education era beg critical analysis of the features of our current racial climate.

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    Raygine DiAquoi is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences and director of the Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. Her research is focused on the unique educational experiences of minoritized students, particularly African American students, and the strategies used by Black families to prepare children for racial discrimination. Her work has appeared in H. Adam and R. Gatzambide-Fernandez, eds., Educating Elites: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010); in B. Sams, J. Job, and J. C. Jupp, eds., Excursions and Recursions Through Power, Privilege, and Praxis (Information Age, 2012); and in K. J. Fasching-Varner, A. D. Dixson, R. Reynolds, and K. Albert, eds., Trayvon Martin, Race, and “American Justice”: Writing Wrong (Rotterdam: Sense, 2015). It has also been featured on Al Jazeera America broadcasts. Before joining Columbia University, DiAquoi was an education equity consultant, providing training and support to communities and organizations to improve the academic experiences of marginalized populations. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project.

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    Winter 2017 Issue


    The Self in Social Justice
    A Developmental Lens on Race, Identity, and Transformation
    Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano
    What Meaning-Making Means Among Us
    The Intercomprehending of Emergent Bilinguals in Small- Group Text Discussions
    Maren Aukerman, Lorien Chambers Schuldt, ​Liam Aiello and ​Paolo C. Martin
    Symbols in the Strange Fruit Seeds
    What “the Talk” Black Parents Have with Their Sons Tells Us About Racism
    Raygine DiAquoi
    Unscripting Curriculum
    Toward a Critical Trans Pedagogy
    Harper Benjamin Keenan
    “We Are All for Diversity, but..."
    How Faculty Hiring Committees Reproduce Whiteness and Practical Suggestions for How They Can Change
    Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo

    Book Notes

    Growing Each Other Up
    Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

    Lower Ed
    Tressie McMillan Cottom

    Angela Duckworth

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