The immense set of sociopolitical privileges that insulate and protect white people teaches them in sometimes implicit ways that not only are they better than people of color, but also that racial others are subordinate. Despite how ridiculous this presumption of superiority sounds, it is repeatedly steeped in the consciousness of white people from a very early age. In discussing what it means to have merit among a diverse population, it should be considered that the parties involved are speaking with different definitions. White merit is defined by privilege and access, and is dependent on specific adherence to unspoken rules protecting whiteness.
The Violence of White Entitlement and the Hypocrisy of Earned Merit
Ronald L. Jackson II is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati. Correspondence to: Ronald L. Jackson II, Department of Communication, 2700 Campus Way, 137 McMicken Hall, PO Box 210184, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA. Email: email@example.com.
Ashley McDonald is Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Correspondence to: Ashley McDonald, Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2504A Whitis Avenue (A1105), Austin, TX 78712, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ronald L. Jackson, Ashley McDonald; The Violence of White Entitlement and the Hypocrisy of Earned Merit. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2019; 8 (4): 64–68. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.4.64
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