ERIC Number: EJ1071926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
White Fatigue: Naming the Challenge in Moving from an Individual to a Systemic Understanding of Racism
Flynn, Joseph E.
Multicultural Perspectives, v17 n3 p115-124 2015
This article introduces the notion White fatigue. White fatigue occurs for White students who have grown tired of learning and discussing race and racism, despite an understanding of the moral imperative of anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices. The article differentiates White fatigue from ideas like White resistance, White guilt, or White fragility, arguing that each of these phenomenon occur at different stages of White Racial Identity Development. Distinction is also drawn among White fatigue and other forms of racially based fatigue, specifically racial battle fatigue and White people fatigue syndrome. Further drawing on the notion of stereotype threat, the article considers the challenges for White students learning about race and racism while simultaneously resisting being labeled a racist. This struggle is elemental to the manifestation of White fatigue. Ultimately, the author argues that educators must be more accurate in how they define the range of responses from White students, consistently humanize all students in the process of understanding race and racism, and encourage further research for understanding a condition that is happening to a growing number of students.
Descriptors: Racial Attitudes, Racial Identification, White Students, Racial Bias, Stereotypes, Race, Barriers, Multicultural Education, Socialization, Racial Relations, World Views, Critical Thinking, Resistance (Psychology), Vignettes, Discourse Analysis
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