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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-Eight: Blanking Out “[  ]” (Whiteness): Decolonizing Systems of Domination and Reinhabiting Ancestral Place-Cultures

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CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT

Blanking Out “[  ]” (Whiteness)

Decolonizing Systems of Domination and Reinhabiting Ancestral Place-Cultures

MARNA HAUK (PRESCOTT) AND VERONICA E. BLOOMFIELD



[Authors’ Note: This is an adaptation of Hauk and Bloomfield (2013), a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.]

The purpose of this chapter is to share theoretical and conceptual insights gleaned as a result of transdisciplinary collaboration between two European American feminist scholars interested in dismantling systems of hierarchy and domination that contribute to ethnic and homeland connection loss, intersections of structural discrimination, including racism, and earth degradation. Using a method of transdisciplinary inquiry, we engaged in dialogic collaboration to explore the connections between place-based earth connection, ancestral work, and dismantling the racism of Whiteness discourses.

We position ourselves as both White feminists and White antiracist scholars. This chapter describes how we connected to place and understand ancestral experience as strategies in disrupting our own participation in the spell of Whiteness. These activities naturally lead us to solidarity movements to uproot racism and to be allies in decolonization. Our experience reflects that connecting to place and ancestral land disruption histories can help us subvert systems of domination. In doing so, we honor and acknowledge the work of indigenous and decolonizing scholars, as well as feminists of color. This work is not intended to be universally prescriptive, for we know colleagues will most appropriately vet which strategies we...

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