In this essay, prompted by the disciplinary debate over #CommunicationSoWhite in summer 2019, I reflect on my past publications in Rhetoric & Public Affairs to identify how structures of whiteness influenced the shape and acceptance of my publications. Drawing upon my self-critique, the essay provides advice for white scholars who aim to responsibly address questions of race and racism as both authors and reviewers.
Own Your Complicity, Then Fix It: Reflections on Whiteness in Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Michael J. Steudeman is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University. Correspondence to: Michael J. Steudeman, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University, 234 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael J. Steudeman; Own Your Complicity, Then Fix It: Reflections on Whiteness in Rhetoric & Public Affairs. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2020; 9 (1): 33–40. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.1.33
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