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ERIC Number: EJ759655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Helping Whites Develop Anti-Racist Identities: Overcoming Their Resistance to Fighting Racism
Denevi, Elizabeth; Pastan, Nicholas
Multicultural Education, v14 n2 p70-73 Win 2006
White students and teachers who are exposed to information about how oppression works seem to recognize that there is a problem and want to do something to ameliorate the situation. They show up for meetings of diversity clubs, attend conferences and workshops, and will speak to others about their growing understanding of how privilege/ racism works. Yet, for all of this commitment, the system is not really changing. White students who feel that the diversity programs are exclusive or too time consuming are simply ignorant to the fact that racism affects them, albeit in different ways, just as it affects people of color. White privilege is described as a means of insulation that allows a White person to express awareness, but that also keeps the White person from really having to do anything with that awareness. This article asks the question "What exactly is white privilege, and what is the cost of racism to Whites in America? It goes on to present a discussion about a white affinity group, modeled after Tim Wise's group called AWARE (Association for White Anti-Racist Education) for White students interested in becoming actively anti-racist. AWARE is both a student and staff White affinity group that is dedicated to developing positive anti-racist racial identities. The group does that by engaging in cross-cultural dialogues with other affinity groups, such as the Young Men of Color and the Young Woman of Color. Ultimately, putting together a group of White students to explore their racial identity development and anti-racism is an arduous task. This is by no means a simple task; it takes time, dedication, and patience, but this should not be surprising. After all, dismantling a system of racism/White privilege is not exactly an easy endeavor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia