Whitened rainbows: how white college students protect whiteness through diversity discoursesRace Ethnicity and Education (2016)
This qualitative study investigates white students’ attitudes toward campus diversity at a large, multiracial public university. Drawing upon focus group data gathered from a larger campus climate study, we identified four themes: participants voiced that: (1) racial diversity fosters campus tolerance; (2) diversity fragments into de facto racial segregation; (3) institutional support of diversity undermines and excludes whites; and (4) the university should avoid acknowledging white identity. Employing critical multiculturalism as a theoretical lens, we argue that these discourses maintain white dominance within a framework that promotes inclusion. These findings suggest that without more direct institutional guidance, white students will protect white supremacy even as they celebrate diversity in multiracial spaces.
- white students,
- critical multiculturalism,
- higher education
Citation InformationAnnie Hikido and Susan B Murray. "Whitened rainbows: how white college students protect whiteness through diversity discourses" Race Ethnicity and Education Vol. 19 Iss. 2 (2016) p. 389 - 411 ISSN: 1361-3324
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/susan_murray/12/