Black Out: Backlash and Betrayal in the Academy and Beyond

By Lori Latrice Martin


This article examines the backlash and betrayal that many individuals and organizations, including professors, K–12 schools, and college and universities, have faced in the aftermath of the so-called racial awakening that followed the horrific killing of George Floyd. Using the lens of Derrick Bell’s racial realism, I examine the predictability of efforts to silence conversations and actions related to combating anti-Blackness in America and the continued use of Black deaths to further the social, economic, and political progress of non-Black groups in the academy and beyond. I conclude with recommendations for righting racial wrongs, especially in American colleges and universities.

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