In this essay, I discuss the overwhelming presence of whiteness within communication studies and its effects on Black/African American communication scholarship. This autoethnography reveals a juxtaposition of my initial experience with the National Communication Association and its current political struggle with issues of diversity and intellectual merit. Drawing from personal experiences and observations, I argue that communication pedagogy is essentially a double-edged sword that simultaneously liberates and subjugates. The goal of the essay is articulated in a pointed call to action for communication faculty, imploring us all to use our pedagogical agency to de-center whiteness within communication studies.
Can We Share the Light?: De-centering Communication Whiteness with Communication Pedagogy
Lionnell “Badu” Smith is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Memphis. Correspondence to: Lionnell Smith, Department of Communication and Film, University of Memphis, 212 Art and Communication Building, 3715 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lionnell Smith; Can We Share the Light?: De-centering Communication Whiteness with Communication Pedagogy. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2019; 8 (4): 35–40. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.4.35
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