Quick Hit: A must read for college feminists.
The Crunk Feminist Collective has a great new post about black feminism in the college classroom, from a professor’s prospective: Thriving in Hostile Territory: Black Feminism in the College Classroom.
Here’s a teaser tidbit, but I encourage you to read the whole thing:
The authority signaled by our degrees and job titles will not protect any woman-of-color from the inevitable challenges, resistance, and downright disrespect she will encounter in a college classroom. Black bodies have never been viewed as repositories of knowledge. Female bodies have never been capable of dispensing rational ideas. Taken together, Black women in the classroom walk directly into a hodgepodge of stereotypes that can literally feel suffocating.
In these moments, we need to remind ourselves that:
1.) We do our students, our colleagues, and ourselves no favors by doing others’ emotional labor for them.
2.) Resistance to the truths we speak, truths of our experience, make them no less true.
3.) Our goal and our purpose is to educate, not defend.
4.) Everyone won’t like us no matter how hard we try.
5.) Liberation is a process, not a singular event.
I must confess that, as a feminist throughout college who was privileged to have the guidance of some incredibly smart and strong female professors, I never took much time to understand how sexist and racist structures negatively affected them in the classroom.