Can You Love Them Enough to Help Them Learn?: Reflections of a Social Justice Educator on Addressing Resistance from White Students to Anti-Racism Education

Diane Goodman


In this article, I reflect on the question “Can you love them enough to help them learn?” as a social justice educator. I offer my interpretation of what it means to “love people enough to help them learn” and discuss what this orientation may look like in practice, especially in reference to reducing resistance from white students to anti-racism education. Some of the challenges and nuances of this approach are addressed. While this article focuses on anti-racism work with white people in formal educational contexts (classrooms and workshops), this orientation can be applicable beyond these parameters. 


Race; Class; Oppression; White Supremacy; Education; Teaching; Strategies; Youth; College

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