Document Type



Doctor of Education


Educational Practice

Date of Defense


Graduate Advisor

Dr. Matthew Davis


Dr. Thomasina Hassler


Dr. Carl Hoagland

Dr. Timothy Makubuya


This paper examines the ways middle-class, white, women, who comprise more than eighty percent of the teaching force in public schools perpetuate white supremacy in public schools, explicitly at looking at how and what middle-class, white teachers say to and about their students of color. I interrogate and analyze my own beliefs and experiences, using autoethnography, revealing my journey from learning about my white privilege to understanding how I perpetuate white privilege in schools. Using the theoretical framework of Critical Whiteness Studies, I will interrogate my own whiteness as I confront and wrestle with whiteness in myself and in five composite characters. I recollect these vignettes in cornerstone stories as they are the foundation to how I have come to understand race in the world around me. I detail and analyze these experiences in four cornerstone stories: But I’m Not a Racist: Colorblind Racism in America, Us and Them: Otherizing Students of Color in Schools, Do Black Lives Matter? The Impact of the Murder of Mike Brown on White Lives, and The Criminalization of Black Youth.

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