White Privilege

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 5: Why is anti-racist pedagogy so threatening?

Anyone who was willing to click on this post is likely aware of recent and not so recent public policy attacks on critical race theory. A former President of the U.S. tried to order critical race theory into silence. State legislative actions continue to work toward banning discussion of white privilege, racism, and systemic white …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 4: Core Elements of ARP (according to this white girl)

Full disclosure. I am white. When I get my blood drawn, I usually joke with the nurse that I am translucent. So pretty white. And yet, I am doing my best to offer up a list of some of the essential core elements of an anti-racist pedagogy. Make no mistake, I am missing a lot …

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Students are not the problem. We are: Anti-racism questions for your institution.

Before my Twitter account got hacked yesterday, I had posted this: “It’s not our students. It’s us. WE are the ones who desperately need critical reflection, intersectional race inquiry, and transformational social justice awakening. Us.” For decades I have watched colleges and universities trip over themselves to offer more diversity course initiatives, inclusive efforts, new …

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Stepping up to educate white people

white anti-racism & action to dismantle white supremacy Written after George Floyd’s murder. After weeks of struggling to figure out how to support the social justice movement for Black lives, ending police violence against People of Color, and working to dismantle systemic White Supremacy, I defined what I view as my most effective path as an …

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How NOT to be an Ally – Part 1 “Centering the Privileged”

Students, faculty, and community members often approach me seeking advice on their quest to understand interracial encounters. For example, white women and white men tend to ask me to explain misunderstandings they have encountered with people of color. “Melissa, my colleague at work who is Mexican American, told me about a racist incident she experienced …

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Learning about Privilege: Shattering Myths of Education and Embracing Growth

On December 3, 2014, Channel 2 News in Houston ran a story about a white male student who was “uncomfortable” with an ungraded assignment about white privilege. A professor teaching the first-year students’ course, Learning Frameworks, at Lone Star College-Tomball asked students to reflect on the white privilege checklist, marking which items related to them. …

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