Playing with shadows: white academics’ rituals of goodness
Department or Administrative Unit
Center for Teaching and Learning
This essay explores how good intentioned white academics can hijack the important essence of anti-racism work and allows whiteness to invade the site. During the process of participating in anti-racist meetings and events many white academics are more occupied with advancing their positive white identity than liberating people of color through anti-racism work. By doing so, they allow whiteness to creep in and make anti-racism work benefit them, not people of color. In the end, the work whose goal is to disrupt whiteness gets controlled by whiteness itself. Anti-racism work must be collaborative work between the dominant and subordinate groups, but academics of color must take a more proactive stance in providing white academics with knowledge that can be transformed into praxis.
Amos, Y. T. (2022). Playing with shadows: white academics’ rituals of goodness. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2022.2025479
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education