Race and Power

I think professor Claire Potter knows how much I and the rest of the academic community thinks of her. Right, Claire? What a profound and ubiquitous point by her: “For those of you who seem gobsmacked about what students of color at Yale are complaining about, drawing on my years at Wesleyan, I would say this. Imagine: getting into a great college or university, the college of your dreams, being really excited, being wooed at events where there faculty and students of color have been recruited to woo you. Then you get there and find out, if you are a Black man, that there are fewer than two dozen other black men in your class. Or that the faculty of color are all leaving, or have already left, because they are so frustrated by the lack of support for their work. Or that white students tell you that you got to college by a “special” route, and that the college of your dreams isn’t where you belong. Or that white students and faculty say breathtakingly racist things in class is if you were not even there — except that you are and they know it. Or that you are the first Black/Latino/Asian American person your white roommate has ever met. Or that you go to a party and someone white is dressed as “black.” Because this is the daily condition of being a student of color on an elite campus. It really is. Take my word for it, and then try believing them.”


The situation at the University of Missouri further denotes students as social activist when it comes to race. Hence, forcing out the university president. The football team sit out threat was brilliant. The student athletes had the power of the mighty dollar and used it with appropriate force. They got the support of their head football coach too. There is a circa 1960s feel to this.


4 thoughts on “Race and Power

  1. After all, the Dredd Scott case took place in the courthouse in downtown St. Louis. The Missouri Compromise is something people also seem to forget. That was one of the principle contributory variables for the U.S. Civil War. Missouri is replete with racial disparities.

  2. Slaves are not humans — just property. The last two years have been interesting for this state. I came across an article in which the University of Missouri would not play Iowa in a football game because they started a black player.

    • I strongly want to believe that in 2015 having Black skin is no longer a problem in America, but unfortunately some things never change.

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