I have to admit that the title For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... did not speak to me at first. Maybe because I no longer teach in the hood, or because even when I did, I never would have used that term to describe where I taught; I am not that cool and I am also white. Maybe because Chris Emdin often uses hip hop in his work and I feel like an imposter when trying to use this music to connect with students. To make matters worse, because it is something I feel like I should be able to know and do, I just end up feeling incompetent and ignorant when I try. Before I started to read this book, I wondered whether I will be able to access Emdin’s work, given my whiteness and relative lack of cool?