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Season 3: social justice academics

For the past year or so, I started calling my people, my community “social justice academics.” In this new season, I will explore why we need this phrase or label, why it speaks to our identity, how we can support each other, and ways to stay grounded in our values as the academy becomes more and more challenging.

Episode 1: What is a social justice academic?

In this episode I describe my experiences with being expected to do all the things and what happened when I started upholding healthy boundaries. Guess what? Misery is not required of you. Boundaries are a good thing. You can be a social justice academic AND not run yourself into the ground. What messages have you absorbed from the academy that prevent you from creating and upholding boundaries?

Episode 2: Misery not required

Season 2: anti-racist pedagogy

In this episode, Dr. Joan Ostrove and I tackle the all too common confusion of inclusive teaching practices with anti-racist pedagogy. While anti-racist pedagogy is certainly inclusive, inclusive practices are quite often applied without any infusion of anti-racism or historical context. We discuss the overlap among anti-racist pedagogy and the idea of education as liberation (hooks, 1994).

Episode 1: Joan Ostrove

Marissa Salazar, Doctoral candidate in Psychology at the University of Michigan expands our thinking about anti-racist pedagogy to intro-level survey courses across the curriculum. We discuss the contrasts between multiculturalism and cross-cultural comparisons versus anti-racist approaches to learning. In this episode, we also challenge the practice of including racial disparities information without incorporation of strength-based research and analyses of power and systemic racism.

Episode 2: Marissa Salazar

Happy to chat with Dr. Cyndi Kernahan about the motivations behind legislative attacks on critical race theory, and therefore anti-racist pedagogy. We critique the assumption of race-neutral laws and policies, banking, housing, etc. that uphold systemic racism. We also cover teaching about racism and moving students from focusing on good vs. bad white people and interpersonal prejudice to critical analyses of race, power, and systems.

Episode 3: Cyndi Kernahan

In this episode, Dr. Brooke Vick reminds us that anti-racist pedagogy is not a new approach and was/is often actively discouraged or punished when enacted by faculty of color. She describes the impact on faculty color such as negative responses from students and colleagues to gaslighting and threats to job security. Dr. Vick recommends faculty of color find your support community and calls for anti-racist educators to intentionally infuse pathways for students to explore hope and their own contributions to racial justice.

Episode 4: Brooke Vick

Dr. Lindsay Bernhagen joins me for this episode as we unpack the need for white humility and pedagogical humility among white educators hoping to engage with anti-racist pedagogy. She offers a fresh perspective of anti-racist pedagogy has a deeper and more expansive version of critical pedagogies many faculty already effectively apply. We also critique the performative culture of higher education and encourage more vulnerability and honest communication with students about our own imperfections as white anti-racist allies.

Episode 5: Lindsay Bernhagen

Season 1: the psychology of whiteness and anti-racism

Peggy McIntosh, author of the two autobiographical papers (1988-89) that spawned decades of privilege studies, discusses how privilege impacts her life. She talks about the mistaken belief that good white people cannot be racist. Peggy points out that recognizing white privilege can go up against some white people’s feelings of virtue and beliefs in meritocracy and individualism.

Episode 1: Peggy McIntosh

Episode 2: Luis Rivera

Luis Rivera describes what we know about implicit, unconscious, automatic bias based on research findings. He connects implicit bias, or our uncontrolled associations, with the maintenance of systemic racism. Luis also provides advice on how we interrupt unconscious bias and replace it with explicitly anti-racist action.

Adaurennaya “Ada” Onyewuenyi speaks with us about how we train teachers for the pre-K through 12 and higher education and what is missing from the curriculum. With mostly white teachers and administrators in our schools, students experience a cultural mismatch. Even in schools with Black teachers and principals, students of color face similar stereotypes and over-policing.

Episode 3: Ada Onyewuenyi

Episode 4: Stephanie Fryberg

Stephanie Fryberg explains the negative impact of both invisibility and narrow stereotypical media representations of Native and Indigenous people. Typical representations of Native people place them in the past, thus rendering current lived experiences invisible. She provides historical context for Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, and sports mascots “honoring” Native stereotypes and how history is designed to make white people feel better.

Legal scholars Stephanie Wildman and Margalynne Armstrong discuss white privilege and its deep connections to policy and advantage in education, employment, housing, and policing. They highlight recent increased pushback to learning about white privilege, whiteness as a gatekeeper, and the false sense of protection whiteness provides to white people. Wildman’s book “Privilege Revealed” was reissued by NYU Press in 2021.

Episode 5: Stephanie Wildman & Margalynne Armstrong

Episode 6: Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa Rosenthal asks white anti-racist accomplices to stay focused on the goal: dismantling white supremacy and all forms of oppression. She points out white anti-racism necessitates accepting we are all brainwashed. She also models admitting that even though she does this work full-time, she still unknowingly hurts people of color and gets it wrong. She calls on white anti-racism to be grounded in Black intersectional feminism and deliberate focus on policy change.

Enough Y’all is hosted by Dr. Kim Case, social psychologist, Appalachian academic, and clogger with a passion for truth-telling, mentoring for the soul’s goals, and talking with her hands. The show explores social justice issues from an intersectional teacher-scholar-activist lens. Enough with all the oppression, injustice, and lack of humanity. #enoughisenough #claimyourenough #weRenough #enoughstuff #itsapoundsign

Enough Y’all is the real talk podcast for intersectional allies and social justice academics. In this season of the podcast, I explore the intricate and tangled web that is the psychology of whiteness, systemic racism, and white anti-racism with a host of brilliant scholars and friends. If you enjoy the show, check out my course on white anti-racism and action which includes over 30 podcast episodes like these. And you can always find free resources here on my website including my newsletter, teaching resources, essays on anti-racist pedagogy, and more).