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Educated in WhitenessGood Intentions and Diversity in Schools$
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Angelina E. Castagno

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681631

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.001.0001

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Conclusion: Engagement and Struggle within the “Culture of Nice”

Conclusion: Engagement and Struggle within the “Culture of Nice”

(p.165) Conclusion: Engagement and Struggle within the “Culture of Nice”
Educated in Whiteness

Angelina E. Castagno

University of Minnesota Press

The concluding chapter suggests that while whiteness shapes what diversity-related policy and practice look like, the resulting policy and practice, in turn, further strengthen whiteness. Thus, whiteness operates as an almost perfect system. It is effective and efficient at what it does. As a key element of whiteness in schools, niceness makes equity very difficult, so we must be awake, vigilant, and strategic.

Keywords:   Whiteness, Educational policy and practice, Schooling, Niceness, Equity, Race, Racism, Diversity, Multicultural education, Critical race theory

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