As a starting point for tackling the issues of race in BTWM, have students reflect on the impact that race has in their lives. Begin by asking them for their earliest and most recent experiences and discuss these in partners during class. The next step is to write a racial autobiography. Anecdotal autobiographies seem to work well; having students compile a story about some moments or episodes in their life (early and recent) opens up windows into their racial identity. Autobiography answers the question, Who am I? Thus, racial autobiography answer the question, Who am I, racially?


Examples of Racial Autobiographies:


Racial Awakening, Pride And Fear: One Latino Perspective On ‘The Obama Effect’

It’s Hard To Be Indian_What Am I

The Minority Report of An Asian American

Revelations About Being Brown In A World Of White Beauty

Indian Education_sherman_alexie

Irving_Waking Up White _Childhood chapters


angela-davis-autobiography_Part 2 ROCKS

Other Recommended Books:  

The Heart of Whiteness by Robert Jensen

Being Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee

Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama