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Race & Racismo: Inviting the Voice of Mexican Immigrant Families

Kylie P. Dotson-Blake


To explore the impact of race and racism on participation in family-school-community partnerships, critical race theory (CRT) was used as a lens for analysis. CRT posits that “racism is ordinary, not aberrational—“normal science,” the usual way society does business, the common, everyday experience of most people of color in this country” (Delgado & Stefancic, 2001, p. 7). Race is viewed as socially constructed and as such binds the experiences of individuals and groups with their racial and cultural position within society (Lopez, 2004). The centrality of race in our society as a force that divides groups and ascribes power and rewards continues to remain as pertinent and prominent today as it was in 1903 when W.E.B. DuBois avowed that the defining issue of the 20 th century would prove to be the color line (DuBois, 1903). Furthermore, as long as discourse concerning the impact of racism on the experiences of Mexican immigrant families continues to be marginalized and muted in favor of discussions of cultural deficits, inequality of partnership access will persist.

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