This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on the history of social and educational inequality. Timely to read this piece in the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates that offers this reflection on education, the Cherokee Nation, and resistance.
“‘The problem, from a white point of view,” writes historian Daniel Walker Howe, “was that the success of these efforts to ’civilize the Indians’ had not yielded the expected dividend in land sales. On the contrary, the more literate, prosperous, and politically organized the Cherokees made themselves, the more resolved they became to keep what remained of their land and improve it for their own benefit.’
Cosmopolitanism, openness to other cultures, openness to education did not make the Cherokee pliant to American power; it gave them tools to resist. Realizing this, the United States dropped the veneer of “culture” and “civilization” and resorted to “Indian Removal,” or The Trail of Tears.”
I have a new piece up at the Huffington Post today about the launch of Faculty Against Rape (FAR), a new national organization.
FAR’s three main goals include developing resources for faculty to better serve survivors, helping faculty who want to be part of the anti-rape movement organize on campus, and providing strategy and legal resources for faculty who are retaliated against by administrations.
Beyond how-to guides for filing Title IX and Clery Act complaints, the site also includes classroom resources such as articles about professor experiences with students who disclose sexual assaults, and a sexual violence response guide. An anti-sexual misconduct toolkit contains links to activities for supporting classroom discussions about assault, tips on presenting sexual violence issues to students, background information, statistics, and more.
Thinking about Mike Brown and what’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri.
This is a national issue, but if you’re also curious about local profiling politics in MO, the St. Louis Dispatch Editorial Board wrote this yesterday:
“Last year, for the 11th time in the 14 years that data has been collected, the disparity index that measures potential racial profiling by law enforcement in the state got worse. Black Missourians were 66 percent more likely in 2013 to be stopped by police, and blacks and Hispanics were both more likely to be searched, even though the likelihood of finding contraband was higher among whites….
…Those statistics don’t prove racial profiling. But those numbers plus a dead young man in the street make a strong case for deserving a closer look.”