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1 Racism in Academia An Anthropological Perspective on a Persistent Problem Dr. Faye Harrison University of Florida

2 Racism Any action, whether intended or not, that reinforces and reproduces racial inequalities Any action, whether intended or not, that reinforces and reproduces racial inequalities Everyday, routine, taken for granted Everyday, routine, taken for granted Embedded and reflected in the policies, practices, norms, and culture of institutions and structures in ways that disadvantage people of color Embedded and reflected in the policies, practices, norms, and culture of institutions and structures in ways that disadvantage people of color Operates at individual and interpersonal level Operates at individual and interpersonal level

3 American Anthropological Association Committee on Minority Participation, 1973

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5 Racial Battle Fatigue Cumulative effect of micro-invalidations and microagreesions and other more subtle forms of racism Cumulative effect of micro-invalidations and microagreesions and other more subtle forms of racism MEES= mundane extreme environmental stress MEES= mundane extreme environmental stress Chester Pierce, Grace Carroll, William Smith, Chester Pierce, Grace Carroll, William Smith,

6 Is There Any Evidence that Racism Exists in Academia? Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Two-Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage & Frontstage by L. Picca and J. Feagin, 2007 Two-Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage & Frontstage by L. Picca and J. Feagin, 2007 Faculty of Color in Academe: Bittersweet Success by C. Turner & S. Myers, 2000 Faculty of Color in Academe: Bittersweet Success by C. Turner & S. Myers, 2000 Annual status reports commissioned by the Assoc. for the Study of Higher Education Annual status reports commissioned by the Assoc. for the Study of Higher Education National Center for Education Statistics National Center for Education Statistics

7 Do Stats Tell Us All We Need to Know? Qualitative evidence complements aggregate data Qualitative evidence complements aggregate data -The Politics of Survival in Academia: Narratives of Inequity, Resilience, and Success. L. Jacobs,ed Women Faculty of Color in the White Classroom: Narratives on Pedagogical Implications of Teacher Diversity. L. Vargas, ed Women Faculty of Color in the White Classroom: Narratives on Pedagogical Implications of Teacher Diversity. L. Vargas, ed Faculty of Color: Teaching in Predominantly White Colleges, C. A. Stanley, ed, Faculty of Color: Teaching in Predominantly White Colleges, C. A. Stanley, ed, Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation, -Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation, Derald Wing Sue, 2003

8 Counterstorytelling Exposes the racialized, gendered, and classed biases of dominant discourses Exposes the racialized, gendered, and classed biases of dominant discourses Combines empirical and experiential knowledges in the form of chronicles, storytelling, and other creative narratives Combines empirical and experiential knowledges in the form of chronicles, storytelling, and other creative narratives Multimethod/composite storytelling can be an accessible way to raise consciousness, build solidarity, promote healing, and contribute meaningful data to multimethodological research. Multimethod/composite storytelling can be an accessible way to raise consciousness, build solidarity, promote healing, and contribute meaningful data to multimethodological research.

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10 Keeping the Legacy Alive!

11 Anthropologists & Friends at the 2001 World Conference against Racism

12 Slave Rebel Memorial in Matanzas, Cuba. We Must Never Forget!


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