Foreword by: Daniel G. Solórzano
Publication Date: February 26, 2021
This book examines how racist political rhetoric has created damaging and dangerous conditions for Students of Color in schools and higher education institutions throughout the United States. The authors show how the election of the 45th president has resulted in a defining moment in U.S. history where racist discourses, reinforced by ideologies of white supremacy, have affected the educational experiences of our most vulnerable students. This volume situates the rhetoric of the Trump presidency within a broader historical narrative and provides recommendations for those who seek to advocate for anti-racism and social justice. As we enter the uncharted waters of a global pandemic and national racial reckoning, this will be invaluable reading for scholars, educators, and administrators who want to be part of the solution.
Lindsay Pérez Huber is an associate professor in the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education master’s program in the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach. Susana M. Muñoz is an associate professor, program coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership Program, and co-director of CSU initiatives for the Race and Intersectional Studies for Educational Equity Center in the School of Education at Colorado State University.
“Why They Hate Us is a magnificent book, valuable historically, politically, culturally, and practically. The authors provide an insightful historical synthesis of the anti-Latinx movement and how it came to be a centerpiece of Trump’s jingoistic rhetoric. The authors expertly draw from media stories, speeches, and campus incidents to illustrate the context of hatred endured by Latinx citizens and immigrants in the era of ‘Make America Great Again,’ while also noting the resistance it has awakened in young and adult students, their teachers, and the authors of this book.”
—Estela Mara Bensimon, university professor emerita and founder, Center for Urban Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
“Pérez Huber and Muñoz have crafted a timely, thoughtful, and critical volume that addresses hatred, racist nativism, and anti-immigrant sentiments and their broad impact under the Trump Administration. More important, this book centers the educational experiences of Latina/o/x, immigrant, and/or undocumented students whose lives have been disproportionately targeted due to hateful and unfounded rhetoric. This book is a definite must-read for educators, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers committed to disrupting racist nativism and achieving educational equity.”
—Lori Patton Davis, chair, Department of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University