In this essay, I reflect on the events leading up to and immediately following the 2019 National Communication Association Organizational Communication Division's Top Paper Panel. In my reflection, I examine not only the events that happened, but also the role that my complacency played in my (lacking) preparation for pushback. In particular, I discuss how, in spite of my desire to be an ally for scholars of color, I had treated the problems facing marginalized scholars as an intellectual problem that was stripped of the emotional consequences. I conclude with a call to action to recognize complacency among white scholars as its own kind of violence.
Reflections on Complacency and Inadequacy in the Face of Violence
Peter R. Jensen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama. Correspondence to: Peter R. Jensen, Department of Communication Studies, Reese Phifer 203, University of Alabama, Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Peter R. Jensen; Reflections on Complacency and Inadequacy in the Face of Violence. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 May 2020; 9 (2): 137–139. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.2.137
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