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ERIC Number: EJ1035765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
Multiculturalism, Teaching Slavery, and White Supremacy
Bery, Sadhana
Equity & Excellence in Education, v47 n3 p334-352 2014
This article argues that multiculturalism, especially when it is led and controlled by Whites, and in the absence of collective anti-racist struggles, can reproduce the ontologies, epistemologies, and practices of white supremacy. I use a case study of a reenactment of Atlantic black slavery, produced by white teachers to investigate whether multiculturalism can be more than a technology of white supremacy. I conclude that by employing the restored behaviors of slavery, the reenactment failed to add to an interrogation of whiteness and anti-racism. Instead of contributing to the reformation of whiteness and the empowering of Blacks, it reinforced anti-blackness. I end with a discussion of how to teach slavery ethically.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A