Thursday, April 25, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Being a Black Academic in America: No One Escapes Without Scars:
The “Operation Varsity Blues” bribery scandal led to an outpouring of conversation on privilege, merit, and fairness in higher education. African-American scholars were quick to point out the hypocrisy the scandal revealed. As Anthony Abraham Jack, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, put it, “I have been told by people at times, ‘You stole a spot because you’re here.’ Now, who stole what from who?”
In the wake of the scandal, The Chronicle Review asked graduate students, junior professors, and senior scholars what it’s like to be an African-American academic today. We asked respondents to speak to themes raised by the admissions-bribery scandal. Here’s what they told us.
- Emily Bernard (Vermont), Fortresses of Human Feeling
- Keisha Blain (Pittsburgh), I Felt So Out of Place
- Stefan Bradley (Loyola Marymount), No One Escapes Without Scars
- Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown), We Were the Undeserving Throngs
- Matthew Clair (Pennsylvania), Diversity Is No Panacea
- Gerald Early (Washington University), How Does It Feel to Be an Identity?
- Nadirah Foley (Harvard), There Is No Belonging Here
- Michael Javen Fortner (CUNY), Lifting as We Climb
- Ebony McGee (Vanderbilt) & Danny Martin (Illinois), Professionalism in the Face of Skepticism
- Noliwe Rooks (Cornell), The Ways of White Folks