Black Lives Matter: Reflections on Ferguson and Creating Safe Spaces for Black Students

Mariah Bender

Abstract


Higher education, and more specifically, teacher education, despite claims of being a liberal progressive space is entrenched in White privilege. This essay recounts my experiences as a Black woman traversing activism in the OccupySLU movement and my pre-dominantly White pre-service teacher education program. I share how the White gaze reinforces power regardless of claims to do otherwise. 


Keywords


Social Justice; Black Lives Matter; Social Movements; Race; Racism;

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ISSN 1920-4175 Critical Education