How do you teach a racist text?

HASTAC is a great resource for teaching and learning in the digital age.

A recent blog post by HASTAC director Cathy Davidson tackles the topic of how to teach, in a responsible way, texts that have racist content.  Davidson shares her experience in a graduate class she’s teaching, Teaching Race and Gender Theory in the Undergraduate Classroom.  This topic is important for all teachers.  If you want to teach at a teaching-intensive institution, you need to be aware that the student population tends to be more racially diverse than at an elite private college or a flagship state university.  Many doctoral programs do not train students to think about who their undergraduate students will be, or how to teach in a culturally competent way, a way that takes into account the perspectives and needs of a range of students.  This post offers some good teaching ideas for  teaching difficult material.


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