“Why are you shoving this stuff down our throats?”: Preparing intercultural educators to challenge performances of white racism

Julia R. Johnson, Marc Rich, Aaron Castelan Cargile

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Abstract

In general, white students respond intensely to explorations of racism. Intercultural educators are often unprepared for the challenges white students assert during conversations about racism and are unsure how to reply appropriately. Herein, we offer examples of student responses to critical race pedagogy in order to assist teachers in addressing similar stories told in their own classrooms. Based on data collected from over 300 student assignments collected between fall 2003 and fall 2006, we present a typology that categorizes patterns of white student resistance, including acknowledgement of racism, white self-preservation, diversion from structural power, and investment in white supremacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-135
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of International and Intercultural Communication
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • Intercultural Communication Pedagogy
  • Racism
  • Resistance
  • Whiteness

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