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I dont think that theyd have that respect for me as a teacher. … they wont see me as the teacher that I am and I want them to see me as a teacher. Because.

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1 I dont think that theyd have that respect for me as a teacher. … they wont see me as the teacher that I am and I want them to see me as a teacher. Because then Ill have the same status as everybody else. If they see me as an Afro-Caribbean teacher, theyll probably nit pick and find some faults… (Maureen) Recruitment and Retention Project ) If you are the only ethnic minority staff in the school, I think people look at you in a different way. So its like, you have to prove what you are capable of. And I dont think that is exactly the same with others because when you come into the classroom and see someone from an ethnic minority, I dont think they really expect high standards from you, so you have to prove that. (Emmanuel) Basit, T, Kenward, A. & Roberts, L. (2005) Tackling Racism on School Placement …From her perspective (mature trainee) the school had unrealistically high expectations of her, picked on her relentlessly … Flintoff, A. (2008) Black and Minority Ethnic Trainees Experiences of Physical Education Initial Teacher Education: Report to the Teacher Development Agency

2 When I went first I think they were quite shocked to see me in my dress… and I think they expected me not to be able to fit into the group or be able to converse or whatever, or generally sit with them… And then I think they had this assumption that I wouldnt really be able to shout out to the class. Im not sure if thats because of my appearance or because Im softly spoken. (Parveen) Jones, C. and Maguire, M, (1998) Needed and Wanted? The school experiences of some minority ethnic trainee teachers in the UK. Intercultural Education, 9(1), …shy little Asian girl and I dont know where it comes from really and I dont know where the roots of it are but I think we have to fight a lot of implicit stereotypes like that … because I wear a scarf I think I have to sort of break through a lot of stereotypes and sort of prejudices. (Fatima) Recruitment and Retention project …because of the way you choose to dress, you are making yourself very different to the pupils and that doesnt make you really fit in well here, but you should fit in quite well there because of the mix. (Ambreen) Basit, T, Kenward, A. & Roberts, L. (2005) Tackling Racism on School Placement

3 Silences

4 Its all subtle now, and its … cos sometimes like the recent conversation I had with students where all this stuff was coming out, and one of the students was saying that there was a black girl in her class and she thought that she was racist and I said why. And she said because every time she wants to draw an image it has to be a black image, or. And I said could it not possibly be that because were living in a society that is inherently racist, theres a climate of racism in this country, that maybe her parents are just teaching her to be proud of being black and being who she is and thats coming through in the work that shes doing. And she was like, oh well I think its inverted racism And when I spoke to him, I wished I hadnt, because its subtle and a lot of things are subtle and unless youre walking in another persons shoes, you dont know how it feels. And hes white and hes middle class, and hes written loads of books, hes a professor, and were sat, and were having this big highbrow conversation, picking up and dissecting everything that Ive said. And basically saying to me, without evidence you cant say whether thats racism or not. And Im trying to say, well unless youve got this, youve got your badge on and youve got to walk with it every day, you wont know. Half the time these subtle things you wont even be aware of … And that really frustrated me cos I walked off feeling paranoid like I was the one with the problem because Id highlighted it. (Joyce)

5 What is CRT?

6 Key unifying themes Interdisciplinary framework: draws on postmodernism/post-structuralism, marxism, feminist theory, postcolonialism and queer theory Centres race …race is always already present in every social configuration of our lives Ladson-Billings (1998:51) CRT recognises that racism is endemic to life CRT expresses scepticism toward dominant legal claims of neutrality, objectivity, colour blindness and meritocracy CRT challenges ahistoricism and insists on a contextual/historical analysis of the law

7 CRT insists on the recognition of the experiential knowledge of people of colour in analysing law and society CRT aims to eliminate racial oppression as part of the broader goal of ending all forms of oppression

8 CRT Concepts/Tools Interest convergence Rooted in marxist theory that advances are tolerated if they benefit the bourgeoisie Intersectionality interconnections between race, class, gender, sexuality Hate speech verbal assaults/legal remedies – free speech/freedom from discrimination Unconscious racism Storytelling Narrative analysis Because knowledge cannot be completely disentangled from social location and experience the pretension to abstraction only conceals the relevant context, preventing the productive dialogue between contexts that is the only means by which true agreement and understanding might emerge. (Alcoff, 2000: in Naomi Zack (ed) Women of Color and Philosophy. Massachusetts, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. Concepts of white normativity

9 Whiteness is a racial discourse, whereas the category white people represents a socially constructed identity, usually based on skin colour. Leonardo (2002:31) The souls of white folk: critical pedagogy, whiteness studies, and globalization discourse. Race Ethnicity and Education, 5(1) White / Black should not be read as individual or group identity RATHER they signal political and legal structure

10 What has CRT done for me?

11 Social positions of marginalized people give rise to new questions concerning dominant points of view that members of dominant groups are not likely to consider otherwise. If a scientific research community, for example, is homogenous enough to share common assumptions and approaches, these may well be invisible since there are no contrary assumptions present by which they come into relief. Marginalized social groups, then, entering this community, may well not share all of these assumptions, and may find some of them implausible, thus yielding new and potentially fruitful questions for research. (Alcoff, 2000: in Naomi Zack (ed) Women of Color and Philosophy. Massachusetts, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, p. 250)


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