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Race Wrestling: Struggling Strategically With Race in Educational Practice and Research

ByMica Pollock

In The Interpretation of Cultures, anthropologist Clifford Geertz paraphrased a myth an informant from India had once told him about the earth: the earth

Mica Pollock Harvard University

rested on a platform on top of an elephant upon a turtle, and after that, until infinity, it was “turtles all the way down” (1973, p. 29). The world of American education, I argue here, is race dilemmas all the way “down.” From researchers to superintendents to teachers to students of all ages, navigating the national system of racialized difference and racial inequality plagues us all in some strikingly shared ways.