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

  • Mariah Bender Saint Louis University
Keywords: Social Justice, Black Lives Matter, Social Movements, Race, Racism,


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. 

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