Eval Cafe: Distancing, Minimizing and (Willful) Ignorance: How White Men Maintain Inequity While Believing They Are Working for Change
Abstract: In this talk, I share a discourse analysis of 26 progressive white male physicists talking about race and gender. Despite their proclaimed support for equity and frequent pride in their own equity-related activism, they engage in pervasive ways of thinking, speaking, and acting that ultimately work to uphold white and male dominance. They consistently locate inequity outside their sphere of influence, minimize its existence and impact, and demonstrate little understanding of the experiences of minoritized people around them.
Presenter: Melissa Dancy, Ph.D., Principal Research Associate in The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University