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ERIC Number: EJ1307652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
We Deserve More than This: Spirit Murdering and Resurrection in the Academy
Wright-Mair, Raquel; Pulido, Gabriel
Educational Foundations, v34 n1 p110-131 2021
Spirit murdering in the academy is pervasive and the impacts on racially minoritized populations are far-reaching and lasting. As Love (2016) notes, spirit murdering is built upon an academic culture that openly embraces racism, at the expense of the minds, bodies, and souls of racially minoritized faculty and students. Over time the spirits, bodies, and minds of Black and Brown people are slowly etched away at and damaged many times beyond repair. Spirit murder takes various forms as we highlight- in the classroom, through the politics of research and service, expectations, and presumed incompetence. This manuscript discusses the ways that spirit murder manifests and underscores the significant and sometimes irreparable damage that occurs when racially minoritized faculty and students have to navigate constant attacks on their minds, bodies, and spirits as they navigate an academy not intended for them in the first place. The manuscript highlights how context matters and how refuge for survival is often found in others enduring the same pain. Moreover, the manuscript provides a call to action for higher education stakeholders to reflect on the systemic and pervasive nature of racism, and work towards disrupting the racist academy, as well as eliminate the culture of toxicity that breeds and promotes spirit murdering.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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