I Can’t Be Racist—I Teach in an Urban School, and I’m a Nice White Lady!

Lisa A. Miller, Victor W. Harris

Abstract


This paper examines, through the lens of critical race theory (CRT), beliefs often asserted by self-described,
open-minded white educators about their students of color. While these teachers may perceive themselves as liberal
and inclusive, their interactions with students of color are shrouded by white privilege which can be disenfranchising
to students of color. By countering these ascribed beliefs with research, theory, and qualitative experiences, the
authors aim to expose how white privilege manifests within the typical classroom and to invite all white educators to
examine their racial attitudes and beliefs. Using CRT, the authors* make recommendations for strategies to develop
white teachers into white allies.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/wje.v8n3p1

 

World Journal of Education
ISSN 1925-0746(Print)  ISSN 1925-0754(Online)

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