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ERIC Number: EJ783104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Color-Blindness vs. Race Matters: Pre-School Education and the Need for a Communal Vision
Hein, Christina Judith
Multicultural Education, v11 n4 p51-53 Sum 2004
The author discerns two trends ruling with many of the teachers, intellectuals, and citizens of the United States. One is the color-blind-myth that Williams (1997) cites in her essay, "The Emperor's New Clothes": "I don't think about color, therefore your problems don't exist," is the phrase that she attributes to this "school of idealism". The other is the notion of race as a social construct. Race is not inscribed in a gene, and therefore it is not natural but the product of human communal perception. What many half-hearted constructionists seem to forget over this valuable approach, however, is that thinking cannot stop there. Race matters exactly "because" it is socially constructed. But how can the attempts at colorblindness be reconciled, in a socio-political reality, with the understanding that here and now race "is" an influential factor? In this article, the author interrogates the tension that arises between these two perceptions. She positions her voice in the interstitial spaces between commonly-accepted concepts and binaries and comes up with an alternative perspective. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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