Most of Ali’s work is written in collaboration with colleagues of color because so much of the story of race is about how different racial groups are separated from one another, and then defined in relation to one another. As Toni Morrison has written, “Whiteness is incomprehensible, except in relation to Blackness” (Check quote). This chapter on White Culture in Schools is a perfect example of a piece that could not be written, except in collaboration between people of different racial backgrounds. Drawing on Stacey Lee’s work, we define Whiteness as a force that can only be described in terms of the ways that it comes up against other racial/ethnic cultures such as Blackness, being Caribbean American, being Latina, or being South Korean American
Michael, A., Coleman-King, C., Lee, S., Ramirez, C., & Bentley-Edwards, K. L. (2016). Seeing White Culture. In S. D. Hancock & C. A. Warren (Eds.), White Woman’s Work: Examining the Intersectionality of Cultural Norms, Teaching, and Identity Formation in Urban Schools. Information Age Publishing.