Managing My White Fragility (It's Not About Me)

Authors

  • Katie Brkich Georgia Southern University

Keywords:

Apprenticeship Model, Co-conspirator, Racial Ally, White Fragility

Abstract

White privilege, white fragility, and white systems of oppression, both in the workplace and in everyday life, function to cause white people desiring a more just society to stumble, even when they’re aware of these obstacles. In this essay, I discuss my experiences, during the dual pandemics of 2020, in trying to manage my white privilege and my white fragility when thrust into a role for which I felt I was not qualified—teaching Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Classroom Management—alongside a Black colleague who is an expert in social justice education. Contextualized partly in the police killings of Black people, I explore how white people like myself need to work consciously to always humanize people of color, especially when claiming racial justice allyship.

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Published

2021-05-28

How to Cite

Brkich, K. (2021). Managing My White Fragility (It’s Not About Me). International Journal of Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Higher Education, 6(1), 177–181. Retrieved from https://ojed.org/index.php/jimphe/article/view/3178