Trigger warning: This article discusses some specific examples of how racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc. show up in Armenian spaces. Some of those examples may be known, while others may not be, by the targets of those examples and may be caught off guard by their articulation here.
On Friday, July 22nd, an article in Inside Higher Ed highlighted some of the responses from campus administrators “after a tense summer nationally.” While perhaps some of these responses held nuance and complexity, the theme the article focused on was administrators’ “call for a peaceful start to the academic year.” Maybe as a result of attending one too many* anti-war protests, whenever I hear the word ‘peace’ I have a tendency to ask, but what about justice?
I work and write in a field that I entered because I sincerely believed it to be the gateway towards social justice for all living things. Needless to say (or perhaps not so needless for some), I was more than a bit naive. Higher education, whether institutionally, culturally, or societally, is as much an arbiter of oppression and injustice as any other social enterprise. That is not to say that I do not believe in the liberatory power and potential of education - in fact it is that very belief that keeps me in the discipline, striving towards becoming faculty myself one day. However, I am far more critical of education these days, more skeptical of intent and purpose, more aware of its harm and dangers, where before I took the benefits of all education as a given.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society - Jiddu Krishnamurti
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