Cause with effect: critical whiteness studies and the material consequences of whiteness on communities of color

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Abstract

Cabrera described the development of Critical Whiteness Studies (CWS), in particular within higher education scholarship, as a complementary response to Critical Race Theory (CRT). Specifically, if CRT work in higher education offers a deep analysis of the harm of systemic racial marginalization on BIPOC communities (effect), then CWS explores the inner working of Whiteness that led to this racial harm (cause). However, there is contemporary concern that CWS is evolving into more of a space for White people to explore Whiteness without directly linking it to anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, anti-Brownness, and anti-Asianness, essentially an inversion of the original problem (cause without effect). Therefore, I am proposing a CWS moving ahead that explicitly merges both lines of inquiry so that CWS offers the underlying structures and mechanisms of racial marginalization (cause) coupled with the material consequences of this on BIPOC communities (effect).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-718
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Volume35
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Whiteness
  • critical race theory
  • higher education
  • racism
  • white supremacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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