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.

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