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RIP Jim Crow

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

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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-Four: Reconstruction of Enslaved Policy, Procedures, and Practice in Institutional, Political, Academic, and Social Spaces

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CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

Reconstruction OF Enslaved Policy, Procedures, AND Practice IN Institutional, Political, Academic, AND Social Spaces

CHERYL INGRAM



INTRODUCTION

The psychologies of our enslaved social constructions are in need of reconstruction (Sellers, Smith, Shelton, Rowley, & Chavous, 1998). In order to remove these socially conditioned mental chains, I needed to further understand the experiencers’ victimization and to thereby gain insight into the ways in which racism is embedded in institutional structures of the State College of the Southwest. The experiencers’ testimonies exemplify the micro- and macro-aggressions of the racism that is manifested in the college’s administration, staff, and students. This chapter will address sociopolitical realities of these experiencers and illuminate how they were engulfed and, frankly, mistreated by the institutional and structural practices, intended or not, resulting in discriminatory actions—namely, racists’ acts. The academic and social entities that manifest within the State College of the Southwest stabilize power and privilege within political structures (Brock, 2005) that blatantly and subtly discriminate against Black student experiencers in this study. The experiencers’ testimonies prompted recommendations for countering discriminatory, prejudiced, and biased practices that operate as racist acts cloaked within institutional policies, practices, and procedures. This chapter makes prescriptive recommendations for antiracist alternatives.

Do not make excuses for those who have wronged you, or allow the “powers that be” any justifications for the manifestation of your marginalization (Crocco & Waite, 2007; hooks, 1989). You must practice advocacy and persist, no matter...

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