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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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Chapter Eight: Spiral Dynamic Theory as an Instrument for Praxis: Memetic Racism and Cultural Transfer



Spiral Dynamic Theory AS AN Instrument FOR Praxis

Memetic Racism and Cultural Transfer


[Author’s Note: It is with deep gratitude that I acknowledge the invaluable support and feedback of my colleagues Gregory White, Christine Morando, and Geleana Drew Alston for reading this manuscript prior to its final submission to the editor.]


Observing the 2014 racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the continued killing of Black people by the police was surreal from my vantage point as a Black U.S. citizen researching abroad in South America. In fact, I watched in horror from my position in Talca, Chile, as clashes between American citizens and the militarized police forces in Ferguson left many people in the United States, as well as international observers, shocked by the brutality. That was largely due to the high level of military-grade weaponry and force used by local police against U.S. citizens and journalists exercising their constitutional rights.

Ferguson arguably served as a tipping point for renewed national civic engagement and social activism, precipitated by the multiple-gunshot killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. More Black and Latino North Americans had fallen victim to death involving abusive police and law enforcement practices, not to mention the extrajudicial violence against Blacks as seen in both the Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis cases. The most shocking example was the shooting death by police...

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