White studies i…

White studies is a system of intellectual legitimacy which defines the activities and experiences of white Western people as the universal yardstick of human existence. Black studies challenges this assumption and asserts that white is not now, nor has it ever been either intrinsically right or complete. White students are educated to be the rulers and makers of their society. Blacks are taught to synthesize the experiences and memorize the conclusions of another people. The consequence of such education is that many Blacks, if not most, are inclined to confuse the interest of our people with that of our oppressor; creating a situation where we accept the white people’s definitions of the problems they cause for us and the situations they deem acceptable for Black people.

– James Turner

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In a system of …

In a system of colonialism, the colonizer has a dual purpose for educating the colonized. The first is socialization into accepting the value system , history, and culture of the dominant society. The second is education for economic productivity. The oppressed are treated like commodities imbued with skills that are bought and sold on the labor market for the profit of the capitalists. The educator advocating liberation has parallel purposes for educating the oppressed: education for struggle and education for survival.

– Janice E. Hale-Benson

Thank You: The Manuscript’s 2013 in Review

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