Quick Takes – Anti-Racist Academia: Critical Race Theory Professorship; Faculty of Color Endowed Chair; Antiracism Librarian

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Free inquiry into how to best peddle a gnostic doctrine.

     First, a little mood music:

     Ideology isn’t an academic discipline, yet here we are treating it as the truth in a world of our truths…

“Boston University’s law school recently announced its inaugural appointment for a professorship focused on critical race theory and antiracism, the first of its kind in the country.

“The private university selected Angela Onwuachi-Willig (right), the law school dean, as the first Ryan Roth Gallo and Ernest J. Gallo Professor. The Gallos endowed the position with a $3 million gift, according to the Bostonia, the university’s alumni magazine.”

     Nothing says fighting racism like telling people that they can’t have a job because they are not the right race.

“Professors within the English Department at Gustavus Adolphus College have called for the creation of a Faculty of Color Endowed Chair as part of an effort to address systemic racism.

“The position is one of eight published by the department in its statement on anti-racism, written following the death of George Floyd. The department prefaced its propositions with a denunciation of racism and police in America.

“‘The criminal justice system in the U.S. is racist with modern police forces arising out of vigilante groups that hunted down escaped slaves,’ the statement reads.

“In addition to creating the Faculty of Color chair, Gustavus English professors also called for a commitment to ‘decolonize the curriculum,’ invites black students to correct professors openly, and requests ‘Bards in the Arb’ presentations to be focused solely on works by black writers for the next three years.”

     Remember when librarians supported free speech above all else and would celebrate “banned books”? Now-a-days free speech is out and wokeness is in.

“Harvard University is creating a new position for its Ivy League campus: an “Associate University Librarian for Antiracism.”

“The salary grade (061) for the position is listed between $133,300 to $240,300 per year.

“The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of experience and demonstrate strong data analysis, leadership and administrative skills, according to Harvard officials.


“A media relations spokesperson for Harvard Library responded that ‘we’re not commenting beyond the information listed in the job posting,’ but added once the person is hired they will release more information.”


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