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ERIC Number: EJ1065640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
Beyond the Face of Race: Emo-Cognitive Explorations of White Neurosis and Racial Cray-Cray
Matias, Cheryl E.; DiAngelo, Robin
Educational Foundations, v27 n3-4 p3-20 Sum-Fall 2013
In this article, the authors focus on the emotional and cognitive context that underlies whiteness. They employ interdisciplinary approaches of critical Whiteness studies and critical race theory to entertain how common White responses to racial material stem from the need for Whites to deny race, a traumatizing process that begins in childhood. First, the authors begin with an overview of the interconnected property of race to show how this co-production is linked. Then they offer an emotional-based perspective of White racialization and how such a racialization impacts emo-cognitive behaviors. They then overlay how those expressed behaviors, White neurosis, co-produce racial cray-cray (an African-American euphemism for utter craziness). Finally, inspired by the creative works of critical race scholar Derrick Bell (1987, 1992), who wrote parables to illustrate how mechanisms of White supremacy work their way into the everyday fabric of American life, the authors also weave a parable, counter stories, and a poetic letter through the article to illuminate how racial cray-cray operates.
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Language: English
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