As I write this introduction, I pause to take stock of current events worldwide and reflect on the role of critical scholars in qualitative research. On a national level, there are discourses about whether the former president should be indicted for withholding sensitive documents at his home. Florida, my home state, has passed the Stop Woke Act, or House Bill 7 (HB7), which comes with a full squashing of intellectual freedom and the first amendment for faculty who engage in equity-driven work emerging from a reactionary stance on Critical Race Theory. Across the world, Pakistan is suffering from a destructive flood. The Ukraine and Russia conflict is ongoing with multiple devastating effects. In India, everyday people are boycotting various Hindi movies due to their religious sentiments being hurt and successfully causing films to flop. Such moves make me wonder why not use this massive organizational power for more equitable causes...

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