ERIC Number: EJ939302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Audience Matters: Teaching Issues of Race and Racism for a Predominantly Minority Student Body
Maybee, Julie E.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v43 n8 p853-873 Oct 2011
Some of the literature about teaching issues of race and racism in classrooms has addressed matters of audience. Zeus Leonardo, for example, has argued that teachers should use the language of white domination, rather than white privilege, when teaching about race and racism because the former language presupposes a minority audience, while the latter addresses an imaginary or presupposed white one. However, there seems to be little discussion in the literature about teaching these issues to an audience that is in fact predominantly minority. Leonardo assumes that minority students need little convincing about the reality of white domination, but students of color are not a monolithic group. The paper addresses some specific challenges the author has faced teaching theories of white domination to a predominantly minority student audience in New York City. Leonardo is right that audience matters, but audience turns out to matter in ways that defy common assumptions.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Audiences, Minority Groups, Racial Relations, Race, Racial Attitudes, Ethnic Groups, Racial Discrimination, Racial Bias, Whites, Teachers
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