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Antiracist and Multicultural Education

A central goal of antiracist education is the achievement of educational justice and equity for minority students. Antiracist education opposes discourses and practices that perpetuate and legitimize societies that are hierarchically structured by race, culture, and ethnicity.

In aiming to change the structural conditions that enable and justify discrimination, exploitation, oppression, and exclusion of specific groups or populations, antiracist educators point out that interpreting visible differences or ways of life as incompatible with others is unwarranted. They assert that biology does not provide any evidence for the existence of human “races,” though antiracist educators assert that race as a social construct is relevant in analyzing and explaining divisive social forces. Ethnic cleansing in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia and oppression of ethnic groups in other countries ...

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