In this essay, we argue that we have an imperative to dissect how global anti-Blackness and anti-Indigeneity unfold in academic institutions and how these ideologies emerge in local, precise phenomena, such as the recent National Communication Association's Distinguished Scholars (DS) controversy. We provide descriptions of anti-Blackness and anti-Indigeneity ideologies and explain how meritocracy in academic institutions and the DS controversy are entrenched in both. The study of the ideologies together—in the same way that we, a Mexican man and a Black man, converge as researchers from distinct positionalities—is important because both intersect from similar roots, such as White settlerism, and foment solidarity.
The Imperative of Dissecting Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous Meritocracy in Communication Studies and Beyond
Luis M. Andrade is Assistant Professor in the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College. Correspondence to: Luis M. Andrade, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Deven Cooper is a Faculty member and Director of Debate in the Communication Studies Department at California Sate University, Long Beach. Correspondence to: Deven Cooper, Communication Studies Department, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
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Luis M. Andrade, Deven Cooper; The Imperative of Dissecting Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous Meritocracy in Communication Studies and Beyond. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2019; 8 (4): 23–29. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.4.23
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