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 Thirty: Hiding in Plain Sight: Championing the Academy’s Responsibility to Expose Racism
Hiding IN Plain Sight
Championing the Academy’s Responsibility to Expose Racism
Highly publicized police violence against minorities has reached a tipping point for many communities, including the Academy. Scholars argue that violent forms of racism have evolved into a more subtle form referred to as “modern racism.” Modern racism is characterized by inwardly maintaining racist attitudes while outwardly displaying subtle behaviors such as attributing qualities to others based on racial stereotypes (Aronson, Wilson, & Akert, 2010).
This chapter examines the responsibility of the Academy as a central agent in contributing to social cohesion by raising student and faculty awareness of the impacts of modern racism, or “microaggressions” that are hiding in plain sight around them. This chapter will discuss a transformation process that involves: (1) making the “invisible” visible by exposing microaggressions; (2) reflecting upon one’s own cultural experiences and prejudices; (3) recognizing the impacts of cumulative microaggressions on the individual and the group; and (4) developing a personal commitment to change behavior and provide leadership for others.
THE BROAD CONTEXT OF RACIAL DISPARITIES
Highly publicized police violence against minorities has reached a tipping point for many communities, including the Academy. These national events have raised ← 391 | 392 → awareness about the disproportionate aggression against people of color, particularly African Americans, but also about the broader social and economic disparities that exist between non-Whites and Whites on all...
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