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  •  Precisely (9+ / 0-)

    But I would say that the goal is to change the way we think about, discuss, and frame history so that both white men and white women understand that the white experiential framework is not presumptively normative.  Of course educational institutions are part of the institution -- as such, all the institutionalized "isms" are deeply embedded within it.  That is to say, part of the role of such institutions is to reinforce those "isms."

    The saying often goes that history is the story of the powerful and how they became powerful.  African-American women's history, Native-American women's history, Asian-American women's history, etc. should not be segregated from women's history.  Women's history should not be segregated from history.  Period.  

    Otherwise, history courses remain a form of indoctrination, omitting stories of not only various civil rights movements (and how they came about), but also various forms of oppression, including white colonialism -- and how that led to various ethnic diasporas and the various humanitarian crisis we see happening right now, e.g., Somalia, Congo, etc...

    Only then can we get people to wake up, otherwise there will be no paradigm shift.

    •  Great comment. (5+ / 0-)

      And it points to a sort of paradox. On the one hand, academia can attempt to study how privilege works, but the opportunity and access to that education is, itself, a form of privilege. Which means that such academic discussions are themselves a form of privilege.

      •  Absolutely! (9+ / 0-)

        Academic discussions are indeed a form privilege.  Complete agreement.  Which is why access to education needs to be elevated to a fundamental human right, rather than a commodified asset.  

        That the access to education is not yet a fundamental human right in the U.S. should not deter academia from exploring privilege and how it reinforces "isms."  Oftentimes it takes a "rogue" professor or administrator within that institution to challenge and shake things up a bit.  And the power of reaching students within an academic environment cannot be overstated.  

        Although academic discussions are indeed privileged, the discussions themselves are not merely academic, even if takes place within the halls of academia, and have real world value.  Professors plant seeds and develop and students critical thinking skills.  Students then go out into the world and use that knowledge and skill.  

        Academic environments should be venues for critical thinking and social change, even if academia itself comes with a whole lot of privileged baggage.  

    •  And the power dynamic... (6+ / 0-)

      "History" is mandatory...the "other" histories are optional and counterbalanced by the required courses you need to matriculate and the cost of taking courses with room and board and books, etc.  

      I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

      by princss6 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 12:22:34 PM PDT

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