Growing up my mother always taught my to treat people with respect. To not judge people based on the color of their skin but by their values, morality, and empathy. When I was a child we would celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by making a marble cake. We had his “I have a dream” speech framed beside the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address. The greatest civil rights activist of our time was celebrated in our home more so than one of my extended (great × a lot) relatives – a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Why is it that today we are still fighting the same fights of the 1960’s and earlier?Racism is just another form of a majority group exerting their privilege; people use religion in the same way (it is important to note, not all people who are religious do this but in the case of Kim Davis that is a case of privilege). I want to understand how is it that similar issues of inclusion plague certain departments within higher education. Most importantly I think it is important to figure out how we can change things – the structure of higher education as it is right now is not my higher education.