chapter  7
19 Pages


Pedagogy of the Sensuous
BySachi Sekimoto, Christopher Brown

Experiences of race and racism are accompanied by, and materialized through somatic, affective, and emotional sensations felt and sensed on and through our lived bodies. In Sullivan’s anecdote, the idea of racial stereotype about black male criminality becomes irrefutable not because it is logically persuasive or statistically convincing, but because the sensation that accompanies the sight of black men is materially and viscerally felt by the white female student. Race scholarship emphasizes the fact that people of color have been historically marginalized and objectified within the system that privileges and humanizes white people. The progressive education on race and identity politics in the past several decades have not fully addressed the visceral, affective, and felt dimensions of race and racism that slip through the cracks of symbolic labels and linguistic interventions.