Using an interdisciplinary approach and a gear metaphor, I look at why an early 2000s school desegregation program in the Twin Cities was praised as revolutionary, but ended up resulting in greater segregation in the cities. This dissonance serves as an entry point for my greater project, in which I attempt to understand how doublespeak functions as a tool of white resistance to desegregation efforts in the North, and by extension, as a tool of white supremacy. Zooming out, I look at how the contradictions of liberalism harness the manipulation of language and the construction of whiteness to ensure that public schools serve as a site for the reproduction of white supremacy.
Dexheimer, Augusta (Gus)
""Busing did not fail. We did." : Doublespeak, Whiteness, and the Contradictions of Liberalism in Public Schooling,"
Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities: Vol. 9
, Article 6.
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