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Confronting Internalized Racism

Cover: Equity Dispatch: Confronting Internalized Racism
May 2023
William A. Proffitt & Robin G. Jackson

In this Equity Dispatch, we focus on internalized racism. We describe what it is, discuss its implications for teaching and learning, and offer avenues and resources for addressing it. We also speak briefly to the experiences of BIPOC educators who may not consciously subscribe to racist beliefs about their respective racial/ethnic groups, but nevertheless operate on those ideas for survival purposes or what they perceive as survival purposes. We encourage educators to grapple with the question, “Is what I am doing merely a means for survival, or am I just unwilling to challenge the status quo?”

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