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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 Twenty-Two: Internecine Warfare: White Privilege and American Indians in Colleges and Universities



Internecine Warfare

White Privilege and American Indians in Colleges and Universities


The stereotype of the American Indian is so ingrained in the American psyche that members of the academy cannot ignore it during interactions with American Indian faculty or students. The stories we have collected from years of experience at Tier 1 research universities differ slightly, but the overall attitudes and actions experienced were nearly identical. Higher education faculty and administrators embrace the idea of diversity as long as minority American Indian faculty or students embrace and live the stereotypical expectations of the White tenured establishment. John Berry (2003) characterizes this as “intellectual colonialism.” Kevin Gover, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, in 1998 challenged “new warriors” to preserve American Indian cultures, noting that, “A century after the Indian was declared a dying race, we’re healthier, better educated, and even more prosperous than we were a hundred years ago” (Schools, 1998).


This chapter uses the term “American Indian” unless the specific tribal affiliation is known to the authors. The literature uses the terms “Indian” and “Native American” as synonymous with “American Indian.” In citing other works, we use the original term cited. More recently, authors use the term “indigenous” as it links people to specific lands or place. All peoples are indigenous to some place; however, we use the term “indigenous” to...

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