Removing white dominance from academia

A white academician made a negative comment in a Shit Academics Say post about researching a topic for which we personally identify.

Here’s my socially conscious, inclusive, and NOT WHITE response:

That academic’s statement is not only false and outdated, it is based on Eurocentric and white-centric definitions of research.

False objectivity, false neutrality and as though being an outsider is the crucial format for research.

No, those of us who work directly with people whose identities and experiences are marginalized and silenced, are often marginalized and silenced ourselves.

For example, Black criminologists and Black sociologists such as myself are often invested in increasing the voice for topics that have direct and indirect impacts on our identities and experiences. We encompass various demographics and cultures including but not limited to race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, and socioeconomics.

This does not make us ignorant of research design and methodology. We are NOT more likely to attach our assumptions and biases to our research than other researchers who falsely considered themselves neutral and objective outsiders to the research sample.

Lastly, to illustrate the outdatedness and narrowness, based on the false logic of “don’t research people for which you personally identify,” is it methodologically flawed for academicians to research student development and student success? We used to be students!

Or Blacks such as myself who are criminologists specializing in factors contributing to criminal justice processes. Must I remove myself because I’m Black? Blacks are less likely to have access to health services and preventive measures, Blacks are disproportionately harmed and arrested by police, and Blacks are overwhelmingly forced in criminal justice system. Should I give this research only to white people who pretend that whiteness is a blank slate that lacks demographics, cultures, beliefs, biases and prejudices, sociopolitics, and experiences?

Oh well, I ALSO appreciated conducting research with childfree-by-choice people of African descent (for which I am, as well); and I conducted research with my colleague to address Black women in academia (she and I are both Black women academics).

The list goes on. We must end the falsehood that objectivity and neutrality are possible. We are subjective and shaped by our personal views from the moment we think of research topics that interest us and we choose which public news-media-website outlets and peer-reviewed journals to publish our writings and research.

The key is furthering qualitative research and quantitative research methodologies, furthering community outreach and public policy; tearing down white dominance in academia and highlighting the fact that whites are neither objective and neutral nor the inventors of knowledge, intellect, and research.

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