A Vision for Scholar-Activists of Color

By John Streamas


By any definition of “bullying,” many white administrators have bullied many faculty of color in recent years. This began with the “culture wars” of the 1980s and has escalated in the Age of Trump. Administrators argue that they are merely maintaining neutrality and fairness, or that they are defending the speech rights of campus fascists. But this makes sense only when they willfully ignore white privilege and preexisting power differentials. I relate one of my experiences of administrative bullying, analyze the cultural context in which campus bigots may freely bully people of color, and offer nine modest proposals for change. Without progress toward racial justice, faculty of color may understandably feel compelled to “bully back.”

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