And each year only a small percentage of them will land a job that justifies and rewards their investment. For every comfortably tenured professor or well-paid former academic, there are countless underpaid and overworked adjuncts, and many more who simply give up in frustration.
Racism, sexism and homophobia: Which prejudice is worse? By Matthew Beetar Racism is more of a problem than sexism.
But sexism is more of a problem than xenophobia, which is less of a problem — occasionally — than homophobia. Transphobia we deal with sometimes, and ageism — what is that even? Ordering which form of prejudice is worse is repulsive and ridiculous — from an ethical perspective and from a practical perspective.
Yes, racism and white privilege are real problems. We need to deal with these urgently. Yes, sexism and male privilege are real problems.
That someone can be the victim of daily racist assaults and can also be a perpetrator of homophobia is often ignored. That someone who has internalised sexism as a shocking norm can be in a position of social power and exert that power in the form of transphobia or xenophobia makes us uncomfortable to think about.
But surely if our shared goal is a truly democratic society, where equality and mutual respect are enshrined values, all instances of prejudice are pressing? Central to this, then, is that when we address racism, sexism, homophobia etc we need actions and strategies that focus on both personal interactions as well as the underlying reasons discriminatory interactions occur.
That is, we need a shift in approach to recognise that the social structures that give our shared and individual lives coherency underlie multiple relationships of power and privilege. Our schools, churches, traditions, institutions, forces, systems can shape us to have both privilege and power — and be disprivileged and disempowered.
My school, the syllabus, and the entire system: This, however, is lazy, misguided, and disingenuous.
Yes, we can all begin to consider how our schools, places of worship, businesses or families have instilled certain values and actions in us — but at the same time as recognising this privilege and power we need to recognise that we act in our own capacities.
We need to take responsibility for making choices based on views that we are superior to others by virtue of some random identity category. Transformation, reconciliation, change — call it what you like — will only come about when we stop trying to bring about such change using identity politics based on inherently discriminatory systems of organisation.
Focusing on identities and selective experiences belies the reality that oppressions intersect one another, that power and dispower intersect, that privilege and disprivilege intersect, and that we should be simultaneously focusing on changing the underlying social structures that enable, facilitate and encourage prejudicial actions and beliefs.
Strategies that are based on identity politics perpetuate structures inherently geared towards forms of discrimination. It would make me ashamed to live in a society where we said that our only goal was to make it safe and equal for all [insert identity category] at the expense of other experiences: This complaining is easy.
Moving forward is the uncomfortable bit, because it involves us taking a moment to question and think about the positions of power we occupy — and the acts of discrimination we perpetuate. It involves taking responsibility for those, and looking at the often comfortable, familiar structures that enable and encourage this discrimination — and then breaking them down to change them.
Because as long as we refuse to deal with the underlying, real, everyday systems that create and enable and encourage multiple forms of oppression, racism, sexism, homophobia etc will continue to be problems.Giving relative autonomy to non-class forms of domination (racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.), while framing our strategy and analysis through the lens of class, is a way of avoiding problems of class-reductionism or identity politics and building broad-based movements that .
Take a hard look at racism, sexism and homophobia on college campuses Students at a number of US universities have spoken out about sexual assault, racism and homophobia on campuses.
The big racism, which most of us suffer from, is on the other hand evasive in its manifestations. The pathological picture is usually a close-knit pattern of guilt and fear. Leading researchers and practitioners have remarkable writing that concisely summarizes current literature while also adding new ways to address issues of injustice related to racism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia.
Association of American Colleges & Universities A V oice and a F orce for L iberal E ducation in the 21 st C entury. Give to AAC&U. Main menu. The Drama of Diversity and Democracy, American Pluralism and the College Curriculum, “It is not ‘diversity and inclusion’ that will remedy the problems but programs aimed at racism, sexism.
A few months ago I wrote about how it’s incumbent on colleges and universities to avoid placing the same burdens—discrimination and racism—on students of color that they are bound to face in.