This essay is a personal reflection about an email I received from a Professor Emeritus at my university after my research received nationwide news media coverage. During my doctoral research, I located racist public statements made by William Ferguson Massey (1856–1925), former prime minister of New Zealand, whom my university (Massey University) is named after. The white Professor Emeritus, who I have never met, took it upon himself to email me, a Māori [Indigenous] junior faculty member, and chastise me for presenting my archival research to other faculty members. The Professor Emeritus's email epitomizes white power and white fragility in the academy that work to silence “Other” voices.
“Let Me Give You Some Advice”: An Email from a White Professor Emeritus
Steve Elers is Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing at Massey Business School, Massey University. Correspondence to: Steve Elers, School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. Email: S.Elers@massey.ac.nz.
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Steve Elers; “Let Me Give You Some Advice”: An Email from a White Professor Emeritus. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2020; 9 (1): 3–10. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.1.3
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