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ERIC Number: EJ1263502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
The Recruit: A Futurist Story about Race and College Admissions
Thompson, London
Educational Perspectives, v52 n1 p18-25 2020
"The Recruit," told through the lens of Critical Race Theory (CRT), harnesses counter-storytelling to paint a cogent picture of how programs supposedly meant to address issues of social justice, in and of themselves, become new and more insidious versions of their predecessors. CRT posits that racism is inextricably embedded into the legal frameworks that govern every aspect of American society (Hiraldo, 2010, p. 54). "The Recruit" is set in a not so distant "utopian" future, where college admissions officers employ the same tactics football coaches use to find qualified black male athletes. They: (1) scout talent; (2) establish collaborative partnerships with high school coaches; (3) spend time cultivating one-on-one relationships with recruits; (4) visit homes to talk with parents and families; (5) host special visit days for student-athletes whom they wish to recruit; and (6) search far and wide for the most talented prospects (as opposed to recruiting from a small number of high schools)" (Harper, 2018, p. 16).
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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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