Fighting Racism through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum, and Cultural Interventions
Edited By Virginia Stead
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.
Chapter Four: An Indigenous Perspective: Ending “Jim Crow” Through Worldview Studies Across the Curriculum
An Indigenous Perspective
Ending “Jim Crow” Through Worldview Studies Across the Curriculum
FOUR ARROWS (WAHINKPE TOPA), AKA DON TRENT JACOBS
The grim prognosis for life on this planet is the consequence of a few centuries of forgetting what traditional societies knew and the surviving ones still recognize.
—NOAM CHOMSKY (FROM BACK COVER OF FOUR ARROWS, TEACHING TRULY: A CURRICULUM TO INDIGENIZE MAINSTREAM EDUCATION, 2013)
I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indian is the dead Indian, but I believe nine out of every ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into … the tenth.
—TEDDY ROOSEVELT (IN HAGEDORN, 1921, P. 355)
Curriculum development in the postmodern era must include attention to the wisdom embedded in Native American spirituality.
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