ERIC Number: EJ1085927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
Whitened Rainbows: How White College Students Protect Whiteness through Diversity Discourses
Hikido, Annie; Murray, Susan B.
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v19 n2 p389-411 2016
This qualitative study investigates white students' attitudes toward campus diversity at a large, multiracial public university. Drawing upon focus group data gathered from a larger campus climate study, we identified four themes: participants voiced that: (1) racial diversity fosters campus tolerance; (2) diversity fragments into de facto racial segregation; (3) institutional support of diversity undermines and excludes whites; and (4) the university should avoid acknowledging white identity. Employing critical multiculturalism as a theoretical lens, we argue that these discourses maintain white dominance within a framework that promotes inclusion. These findings suggest that without more direct institutional guidance, white students will protect white supremacy even as they celebrate diversity in multiracial spaces.
Descriptors: College Students, Whites, Racial Bias, Diversity (Institutional), Public Colleges, Universities, Focus Groups, Multicultural Education, Qualitative Research, Racial Segregation, Racial Attitudes, Inclusion, Racial Relations, Power Structure, Cultural Pluralism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California