This essay builds on Cheryl I. Harris's conception of racialized property and bell hooks's notion of aesthetic inheritance to analyze the “double down” and “call-out culture” as performances at play in the aftermath of Martin J. Medhurst's 2019 editorial about the National Communication Association Executive Committee's decision regarding the selection of new Distinguished Scholars. The essay offers a descriptive analysis that places merit and inheritance in conversation and argues for five specific strategies for countering white supremacy in the academy.
Merited or Inherited?: Doubling Down Meets Call-Out Culture
Jade C. Huell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Director of CSUN Performance Ensemble: Creatives for Social Change in the College of Arts, Media and Communication at California State University, Northridge. Correspondence to: Jade C. Huell, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330. USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jade C. Huell; Merited or Inherited?: Doubling Down Meets Call-Out Culture. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2020; 9 (1): 11–19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.1.11
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