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RIP Jim Crow

Fighting Racism through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum, and Cultural Interventions


Edited By Virginia Stead

Together we can build enough momentum to see Jim Crow lying silent and still in his grave.
This book shouts out ways that we can and must respond to the sickening accumulation of racially inspired and systemically sanctioned deaths. Today, we remember the passing of young, Black Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In responding to this event, we are determined to dismantle the alexithymia (indifference to the suffering of others) that pervades our campuses. It is nothing less than a by-product of racism protected by the illusion of democracy.
RIP Jim Crow contains three sections: (1) Antiracist Theory and Policy; (2) Antiracist Administration, Curriculum, and Pedagogy; and (3) Antiracist Cultural Interventions.
Each of the 31 chapters contributes to the normalization of anti-racist policy within academic institutions, antiracist discourse within academic cultures, and institutional praxis that upholds speaking out against racist activity. The hope is that this book will also reduce racism in the broader world through academic relationships with community partners.
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This series, Equity in Higher Education Theory, Policy, and Praxis, has been made possible through the outstanding support of the Peter Lang Publishing Group’s North American managing director, Christopher S. Myers, and his highly professional team in the New York office. Special appreciation goes out to Patricia Mulrane Clayton (sales and marketing director), Bernadette (Bernie) Shade (director of production), Sophie Appel (design and production supervisor), and Stephen Mazur (editorial assistant).

This book, Volume 6, RIP Jim Crow: Fighting Racism Through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum, and Cultural Interventions, has been inspired by so many social justice leaders, many of whose names appear in the references at the end of each chapter.

Volume 1, International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy: A Reader, was published in January 2015. Outstanding congratulations and heartfelt thanks are extended to its authors in light of the following decision: In July 2015 Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court included this book as background reading material for the 2015–2016 “affirmative action” case 14–981 Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 758 F.3d 633. It’s good to know that our work is making a difference.

Most importantly, I wish to acknowledge the unwavering patience and support that my spouse, Robert Edward Stead, has so generously provided. His belief in both the value of the series and the importance of each new volume has steadied me through moments of exhaustion and uncertainty...

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