In a recently published piece, a professor asserts that art education in America has a “white supremacy” problem, and that art teachers can practice “reparation” through their recognition of “whiteness” in the arts as “violence.”
Courtni Wolfgang, an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), recently wrote an article titled “The White Supremacy of Art Education in the United States: My Complicity and Path Toward Reparation Pedagogy,” published in the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education.
“What most people-especially white people-are taught to understand… is that race isn’t constructed but biological.”
As a white, art education teacher herself, Wolfgang details “legacies” of white supremacy in art education and how she has been a participant. She then offers solutions, which include following black artists