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Why So Fragile? How a University Lost an Opportunity to Denounce White Privilege


by Tray Geiger & Jessica Holloway-Libell — May 11, 2016

In this commentary, we take a look at the response to an Arizona State University (ASU) course titled, “U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness,” which sparked protests and death threats for the course’s professor. We examine the media’s reaction, as well as ASU’s quiet response to the controversy. We argue that ASU failed to use the national spotlight as a platform to shed light on racism in higher education.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 11, 2016
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20566, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 11:28:28 AM

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  • Tray Geiger
    Arizona State University
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    TRAY GEIGER is a PhD student in Educational Policy and Evaluation at Arizona State University. His research interests include high-stakes testing as related to accountability policy, equity issues, and Critical Race Theory.
  • Jessica Holloway-Libell
    Kansas State University
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    JESSICA HOLLOWAY-LIBELL is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership at Kansas State University.
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