ERIC Number: ED427370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-24
Incorporating the "R" Word into Communication Studies: The Importance of Addressing Racism.
Schreiber, Lisa Marie
There is a paucity of research on racism in communication studies in spite of the fact that racism continues to be a social problem which plagues the United States. This paper reviews evidence which points to the existence of institutionalized racism. This evidence is further supported by Carl Rowan's (1996) "The Coming Race War In America" in which he contends that the United States is headed toward an inevitable race war if action is not taken. Following this, the paper gives several suggestions that communication scholars can take to bring racism to the forefront in their classrooms, so that together they can work toward tolerance and unity. The first suggestion involves acknowledging that white privilege exists, and seeking ways to eliminate white privilege in the classroom. Next, it is proposed that understanding multicultural history is vital to understand current events so that past mistakes can be prevented from recurring. The paper also advocates that communication scholars teach a core set of values and ethics, as well as rethinking their definitions of communication competence. White supremacy should be eliminated from the field of communication as communication scholars face the problem of racism head on. Contains 40 references and a note; a 6-item glossary of terms is appended. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (84th, New York, NY, November 19-24, 1998).