haunani-kay trask, “the politics of academic freedom as the politics of white racism”

excerpts from haunani-kay trask, “the politics of academic freedom as the politics of white racism” in restructuring for ethnic peace, ed. majid tehranian (1991) “For us, American colonialism has been a violent process: the violence of mass death, the violence of American missionizing, the violence of cultural destruction, and the violence of the American military. […]

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joy james & edmund gordon, “activist scholars or radical subjects?”

excerpt from joy james and edmund t. gordon, “afterward: activist scholars or radical subjects?” in engaging contradictions: theory, politics, and methods of activist scholarship, charles r. hale, ed. (2008) curator’s note: as james and gordon make a clear distinction between the “radical” and the “revolutionary,” and stake a claim on the former (not the latter), what […]

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sofia samatar, “skin feeling”

sofia samatar, “skin feeling” (originally published on the new inquiry, sep 25, 2015) What it is to be encountered as a surface, to be constantly exposed as something you are not. 1. POOR ROBIN In a moment of crisis, Charlie “Bird” Parker stripped off all his clothes. The episode followed a disastrous 1946 recording session […]

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rosaura sánchez, “ethnicity, ideology, and academia”

excerpts from rosaura sánchez, “ethnicity, ideology, and academia” in the american review 15.1 (1987); cited from the version included in the chicana/o cultural studies reader, ed. angie chabram-dernersesian (2006) “For some of us [ethnic studies] suggested a counter discourse, outside the dominant cultural practices, yet ironically within the very structure of an ideological apparatus of the state, the […]

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