Racial violence in the academy is enacted upon faculty of color, particularly women, in multiple disciplines. This essay attempts to both expose and suggest that everyday systemic racism has become a pervasive and normalizing feature within disciplines that continue to privilege white and Eurocentric forms of knowledge making while devaluing others. Furthermore, attempts to challenge such supremacies are immediately countered by calls and charges of incivility. This is an essay about the costs of unmasking norms of civility as it bears upon constructions of both whiteness and meritocracy.
In the Name of Merit: Racial Violence in the Academy
Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt is Professor in the Department of English at Linfield College. I want to extend my special thanks and gratitude to the editorial team for their astute comments, and especially to Devika Chawla for spearheading this timely special issue. Correspondence to: Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Department of English, Linfield College, 900 SE Baker Street, McMinnville, OR 97128, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt; In the Name of Merit: Racial Violence in the Academy. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2019; 8 (4): 82–88. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.4.82
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