The emotional rhetoric in education often sympathizes with white teachers while labeling Black and Brown female students as angry, defiant, and/or disinterested. This is done without considering: (a) how white emotions influence interpretations or (b) how Black and Brown girls feel. This essay interrogates how emotionalities of whiteness traumatize Black and Brown girls. Using critical race theory’s counterstorytelling, it begins with the story of a Black girl and her response to her teacher’s white emotions. Then, the paper demands that teachers, especially those who are white, stop emotionally projecting onto Black and Brown girls and instead begin an honest listening.
Walker, D., Matias, C. E., & Brandehoff, R. (2017). “Who You Callin’ Smartmouth?” Misunderstood Traumatization of Black and Brown Girls. Occasional Paper Series, 2017 (38). Retrieved from https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2017/iss38/6