The road a predominantly white institution (PWI) takes to maximize diversity, inclusion, and equity can be fraught with challenges. One midsize institution learned through an assessment of its campus climate that its institutional practices and arrangements impeded diversity, inclusion, and equity despite white administrators' beliefs to the contrary. To help quell systemic racism habits, monthly campus-wide workshops focused on several key racial injustice habits and hurtful microaggressions generated from white privilege. A faux social justice allure to white allies who considered themselves advocates of nondominant people is one that should ultimately call into question the genuineness and true nature of their support. This semi-autoethnographic essay is a plaintive call to white colleagues in the academy to earnestly acknowledge white privilege and to use it to actively fight the destructive force of racial battle fatigue and institutional racism.
Talking Loud and Saying Nothing: Kicking Faux Ally-ness to the Curb by Battling Racial Battle Fatigue Using White Accomplice-ment
Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas is Associate Professor and Armstrong Campus Communication Studies Coordinator in the Communication Arts Department at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus. Correspondence to: Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, Communication Arts Department, Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, 11935 Abercorn Drive, Savannah, GA 31419, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas; Talking Loud and Saying Nothing: Kicking Faux Ally-ness to the Curb by Battling Racial Battle Fatigue Using White Accomplice-ment. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2019; 8 (4): 100–105. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.4.100
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