This gets marked as intelligent and well-read and I do certainly agree. What I have missed most about these sistafriends is the way they read institutional racism AND patriarchy. Like I said, I have learned the value and rarity of these kinds of sistas in these past years.
I am not talking about the kinds of women of color who come talk to you in closed offices but never speak up in public settings, a strategy often learned early on because it is so handsomely rewarded in graduate school. Needless to say, there has never been a single moment in my professional life where I have missed or thought fondly about this department or its leadership, a department that is pretty much defunct now.
It was many months into the schoolyear before she realized just how unethical this chair was. That is NOT the same as having women of color on campus. They are, in sum, passing for white.
Quite honestly, I assumed that I would find a sistacypher like this everywhere, that institutional racism would inevitably mean as much but I have learned otherwise. In my first academic job as an assistant professor, I was not allowed to choose what classes I wanted to teach, what times or days I would teach, or ever permitted to create a new course.
Remembering Truth, however, means we must take this expression much further. Talking up institutional racism does not always come with talking up patriarchy and misogyny and I mean something more than talking about public spectacles from the likes of fools like Rick Ross.
I do, however, deeply miss the sistafriends I made at that college. My goal was to hear more deeply… and build new pedagogical understandings from there. This semester, I wanted to really think about the reverberating references to black female figures that have occurred across multiple semesters of my teaching.
Vincent van Gogh, well known for his paintings of sunflowers, stands to the right. There was a level of toxicity that began already in the first semester. Willia Marie, a fictional character at the bottom left, entertains the women in conversation.
I started to get real heated and, at one point, started rising up from my chair. Notice that I said: Alternatively, black students might be seen as activating their prior knowledge which is admirable and tolerated but that is not the same as regarding these moments as sophisticated analyses.
Part of me is responding to a tendency of mostly white teachers to describe mostly white students who reference a litany of white authors and novels in the course of classroom discussions.
However, within the scope of these parameters, I have never heard any black student be referenced in the same way for knowledge of black cultural history and persons and what passes as KNOWLEDGE of people of African descent, even at the graduate level, is often so dismal that I am utterly embarrassed for all parties involved.
Part of this series for me then was to push myself to see the recurring themes and issues related to black female cultural figures as articulated by students of African descent as literate connections and sophisticated analyses: Elizabeth Cady Stanton described Truth making this statement to her in a visit.
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