“In his book, W…

“In his book, We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multicultural Schools, Gary Howard (1999) offers the reader a metaphor for the omnipresence of racism and white privilege in our lives. We see racism as a hugely significant dimension of whiteness. ‘Racism for whites has been like a crazy uncle who has been locked away for generations in the hidden attic of our collective social reality. This old relative has been part of the family for a long time. Everyone knows he’s living with us, because we bring him food and water occasionally, but nobody wants to take him out in public. He is an embarrassment and a pain to deal with, yet our little family secret is that he is rich and the rest of us are living, consciously or unconsciously, off the wealth and power he accumulated in his heyday. Even though many of us may disapprove of the tactics he used to gain his fortune, few of us want to be written out of his will. (p.52)’”

Undoing Whiteness in the Classroom: Critical educultural teaching approaches for social justice activism

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