ERIC Number: EJ793900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 10
The "Inner City" Is My Blues
Davis, Danne E.
Multicultural Education, v15 n3 p28-29 Spr 2008
In this article, the author shares that what she knows about the inner city does not stem from the location of her childhood. Rather, she knows about the inner city through the vernacular of her peers who use it to entitle courses; name proposals, scholarly presentations, and research foci; refer to practicum settings where numerous prospective teachers--most all of whom are White--sometimes beg, along with their parents, to avoid. The misconstructions of the inner city cause her to cry out because the complexities of people of color and the economically impoverished, who routinely challenge, reframe, and overcome deficit notions are unknown to many of her peers. Despite the mastery of the vernacular by her peers, they all too often miss (interpret) the vision of how the events of her childhood--akin to those of many children living and learnings in cities today--were never excuses for what she could not achieve but rather were foundational in who she has become.
Descriptors: Children, Urban Areas, African American Students, Multicultural Education, Urban Education
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