Teaching about Race: Common Mistakes of White Professors
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"Teaching about Race: Common Mistakes of White Professors
Race is a reality that Whites can no longer say applies only to the “Other,” and White Supremacy (the ideology and practice that holds that White is the norm and Whites are the “natural” authority in any organization or community) is something that some Whites have only recently come to acknowledge and challenge on a wide basis. A desire to teach about race, reduce racism, and honor diverse races, heritages and traditions is now extolled as a worthy project, indeed a necessity, for White teachers in many disciplines.
As many Whites who have tried this know, such teaching is fraught with contradictions and missteps, ending up with teachers themselves being accused of racism, and raw emotions being exposed in ways that cause some teachers to vow never to try this again. This workshop will examine 10 common mistakes White teachers make in teaching about race. Some of them are basic (excusing oneself from complicity in racism, saying you understand oppression, asking a student to give the “Black,” “Asian” or “First Nations” perspective). Some are more subtle, such as the danger of repressive tolerance (appearing to open up a curriculum whilst simultaneously closing it down)."