Culturally Responsive? Or the White Racial Frame?

“Cultural responsiveness” is a term that gets thrown around a lot and I have to say that sometimes I wonder if this doesn’t come across as patronizing to people of culturally or socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. I feel like it might if we talk about cultural responsiveness only when it comes to interacting with people of color or under-served students and this as if everyone was White except “those people” with whom we interact. The white racial frame pervades the way that we talk about social justice in social justice education, which perhaps makes it awkward for people who are not White to talk about education in ways that are not objectifying to them.

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