Whiteness Is

  • Melanie L. Buffington
Keywords: Whiteness, anti-racism, teacher education, Critical Race Theory, racism in education

Abstract

This paper addresses how Whiteness circulates in various forms in the past, present, and future of art education. Through a literature review, document analysis and narrative interpretation, I show myriad ways that Whiteness circulates in art education in an usually unchecked fashion. This unexamined centering of Whiteness harms all of our students, particularly pre-service teachers who will enter diverse settings without a deep and nuanced understanding of race. Through adopting some principles of critical race methodology and augmenting the existing resources in art education, we may be able to start breaking down the specific systems of structural racism within Art Education.

Published
2019-10-07