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Matias writes, "This book is a project to reaffirm our humanity by recognizing the racialized states of our emotionalities, its association with the permanence of whiteness, and how education can be one avenue that can lead us down a path that liberates our communal heart." Doing so takes work, however, which Matias delineates over the course of the book---exploring how and why "feelings" have a symbiotic relationship with socially constructed norms. These norms, of course, often stem from *whiteness* as the hegemonic, driving force behind it all. Thus, we see from Matias' work precisely why it is (drawing from Noel Ignatiev) that a "betrayal to whiteness is loyalty to humanity." Selah.
A thoughtful, rigorous, and complex engagement with emotionality and Whiteness. As a teacher educator, I found many of the perspectives and arguments useful for classroom praxis as well as my personal research. I highly recommend this book!