ERIC Number: EJ773747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 31
Beware of "Black" the Ripper! Racism, Representation, and Building Antiracist Pedagogy
DeLeon, Abraham P.
Social Studies, v97 n6 p263-267 Nov-Dec 2006
The cover of the June 15, 2006, edition of the "New York Post" reported that Kenny Alexis, who was dubbed "The Ripper," was apprehended after he attacked several people in a New York City subway. Alexis was shown standing ominously with several white police officers behind him. At first, the story seems to describe a random and violent attack in New York. However, the claims made in the description of Alexis, the event, and his photograph typify the representation of African American people as criminal, deviant, sexualized, and unruly. The representation of Alexis follows a common portrayal of people of color represented as the Other. The author suggests ways teachers can use this event and others like it to build an antiracist pedagogy.
Descriptors: Photography, Police, Newspapers, Racial Bias, African Americans, Teaching Methods, Social Studies
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