Race in the Classroom Feat. Microagressions and Subtle Discrimination (Inside Higher Ed) By Susan McLean
Read this article on Slate from Inside Higher Ed about subtle (and blatant) racism in higher education classrooms.
"Regarding microaggressions in particular, Milner said that much more attention needs to be placed on their role in the classroom because 'students of color find themselves miserably underserved and psychologically and emotionally drained in classroom settings with insensitive professors.'" -Flaherty
As students, it's our responsibility to 'call out' professors who make students uncomfortable in this way, as they will only continue unless stopped. This type of behavior in (and outside) the classroom is unacceptable and impedes on the education of students of color.
Though the bureaucratic approach likely takes time and will only end with half hearted apologies that mean nothing, at least repeatedly bringing the public eye to this sort of discrimination will make it easier to stop in the future, as well as make careless professors more attentive to the affect of their word choice.
"'While I think it is often good for students and faculty to discuss these issues directly and personally, if that doesn't work, I think there are times when going public with these discussions is important,' and 'public shaming' helps, Wilson said.
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