In public discussions of racial violence, the focus is often on people of
color and the way they experience racism. In this episode of Peace Talks
Radio, our guests turn the lens on Whiteness, asking how the notion of
Whiteness came to be, how it has shaped American history and how it
perpetuates injustice in interpersonal interactions and systems in
American society today. We talk with John Biewen, audio director at the
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, who produced the 2017
series Seeing White for his podcast “Scene On Radio”. The fourteen-part
documentary audio series takes a deep dive into the history of Whiteness
as a tool used to oppress people of color.
Then we speak with Cheryl E. Matias, Ph.D., an associate professor at the
University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education and Human Development.
Matias, a woman of color, teaches mostly white teacher-candidates who
often have the well-intentioned goal of teaching students of color in
urban schools. Her book