SEEING, UNDERSTANDING, CARING, ACTING:

WHITE SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS’ THOUGHTS ON WHAT THEIR ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (AS SOCIAL WORKERS) ARE IN RELATION TO ERADICATING RACISM

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This research piece is an explorative look into a white student social worker's journey into understanding racism and her commitment to allyship. 

 

The eBook features interviews from fellow white student social workers and their struggles with understanding how to be anti racist in such a powerful role. 

 

Written in 2012 this research piece themes of race and discrimination is relevant to this very day. The eBook makes references to further reading on anti-racist practice.


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I felt less threatened by the majority of white middle-class students on the social work MA but gravitated towards a black working-class student with whom I felt I had a lot in common in terms of the gains and losses of moving upwards socially through the means of education.  Our shared similarities stacked up over the first few weeks, but then she asked me if I had read Malcolm X and I said I hadn’t heard of him.  She was shocked and said she felt ‘let down’ half-jokingly, and I felt hurt that she had derived anything of significance from the fact that I was ‘just the one that nobody wanted on their team at the pub quiz’ and suddenly, there was difference.  She stuck with me and this friendship became the most transformative in my life and through her I began the process of seeing things I had only just looked at.

 

 

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