Race and Academic Life

“More than malice, Matthew says, “what I’ve found is that there are codes and habits that faculty of color don’t know about because those unwritten practices are so subtle as to seem unimportant until something goes wrong, and then the assumption is that the person of color is incompetent, lazy or lying. In my case, the assumption was that I was dishonest or disorganized, though neither of those things is true. The fact that I am a black woman played some role in that tangled-up process, and I still see the same patterns that were in play in my reappointment and tenure reviews whenever I am assessed. More important, I now know that those patterns are at work all over the country. It’s not just me. It’s not just us. This is happening everywhere.” See here for more.

Black Lives Matter — Here at Brooks

I am excited about chapel today. My friend and our school minister is sharing a thought — as well as our Black Student Union leaders, who have organized a talk on why Black Lives Matter. Listening to them rehearse was inspiring. Our black student leaders wrote:” [a]s Ralph Ellison noted in his Invisible Man, we have seen our invisibility — which is why we are seeking to be seen and heard.” We are a diverse community seeking to enhance the voice of those who are often marginalized.


Above: My show of solidarity

White Nationalism

A lot of people in America are very concerned about the rise and influence of “white nationalism” in contemporary American society and in the era of Donald Trump’s presidency.

I would like to know what makes white nationalists more dangerous than black nationalists.

What do you think? My response: white nationalist are the CEOs, bankers, etc…They are positioned to impact the standard of living black folks experience. Black nationalism is a response to white racism.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

We all know Pastor Martin Niemöller‘s quote here…

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

I fond this rendition to to be noteworthy too:

First, they came for the Blacks. I did nothing, because #AllLivesMatter.

Then they came for the Muslims. I did nothing, because I ‘don’t want the terrorists to win’.
They came for the ‘illiegal’ immigrants. I did nothing, because are they not ‘criminals’?
They came for the Native Americans. I did nothing, because they’re ‘mascots’…not people.
Then they came for me. I was alone. There was no one left to stand up for me….There you stand in your hypocrisy, after making a mockery my friends and me.





I recently shared my post-Trump feelings with many who follow me on social media.

Here is a window of my Wednesday: You are walking across campus and a colleague walks up to speak, only to break down in tears. Or, a colleague walks down the hall to visit –only to break down. When you have to dismiss yourself from class because you want to cry. Your wife admits that she lost it in the shower. Students of color line up to see you — but cannot talk because they are in tears. That was my day yesterday. They (we) are hurt because America has spoken and told us what many value. But, the biggest looser in all of this might just be evangelical Christians. As I told my Mom last night, they have reaffirmed to many such as myself why we do not share their values.

Trump and White Privilege

I want to be clear that I am making a generalization here about white privilege. White men — who are the most powerful actors in this country, claiming they are the victim. Folks (women and people of color) like me are perceived to be a threat to their hegemony. And we are. A recent study found that white men hire white men from similar backgrounds. Hence — societal inequalities are grand. What a great example of how white men perpetuate white supremacy. Hey — just look at the private school world or major industries.