What is it about?
As an educator of pre-service teachers and art teachers, of which 95% have been White, I have observed that WSIC (white savior industrial complex) dominates their expectations. Many view communities they wish to serve from a perspective of lack rather than an asset and imagine themselves liberating students. Their lack of interactions with peers and colleagues of color helps maintain such fantasies. I have set about avoiding WSIC myself and as a role model, I hope to guide my students to do so as well. I also seek constantly to scrutinize my thoughts and behavior, past and present, to determine how I might impose the trauma of bias.
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Why is it important?
We must address the gap in pre-service teacher/art teacher education by including studies on racism, intersectionality, and White privilege to create a deeper understanding and reflection on how their personal histories and bias affect their pedagogical choices. CRT and Whiteness critical theory offers a perspective from which to understand racism, intersectionality, and White saviorism and recognize how, as a White teacher, I might share in the work to disrupt systemic racism and injustice.
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This page is a summary of: White Saviorism: An Insider Perspective, Art Education, April 2022, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00043125.2022.2027722.
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