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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I don't think you all have any idea of how destructive (and counter-productive) this "anti-intellectual" tendency is. Those FEW of us who go through American Universities and survive, spend years with our own questioning, questioning our professor's biases, questioning our classmates' biases, DEFENDING OUR PEOPLE, often times being the only one there, often time being the first one there... you spend LITERALLY years... maybe even decades of your life in the active pursuit of knowledge - that is not simply parroting your professors - sometimes even opposing your professors.... you have ULCERS at the end of the process... Then as faculty you're expected to singlehandedly represent black interests - again being the ONLY one there... often times opposing white colleagues...

I was the ONLY African American (on record) in my graduation year to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics... in the whole country... I was the first black faculty member in my department...

And then your own damned people come with this "white man's knowledge" bullsh*t. Like I'm sorta robot. The first ones coming with this "Nigga, who do you think you are?" sh*t are the black ones...

THEN YOU WANT TO ASK WHAT I'M DOING FOR OUR PEOPLE????

Stubbed a toe? Indeed...

You have no idea how disgusted I am....

And I shouldn't even be that offended... because the closest academic "expert" here on these particular matters is Kresge...


HonestBro, you have NO idea how much I can empathyze with what you just said. As an African-American in college with International Studies as a Major, I go through the same thing. sad

In my math classes, economics and politics classes, I sometimes find myself THE ONLY African-American in the class. And I most often find myself in opposition to the rhetoric of the professors (who mostly espouse typical Western bourgeois perspectives). I find myself often in opposition to the majority of the opinions of my classmates (almost all of whom are White).

I'm in International Studies because I wish to get in a field where I can get in on having an impact on world events to benefit people in third and second-world countries (Africa is my primary focus). All of this only to be told that I'm a "sellout" by some of my Black peers who aren't doing anything with their lives, or told that I'm a "White man" for not being "anti-intellectual" or not being blindly Afrocentric (believing that everything in the world was directly influenced by African culture).

IT MAKES YOU WANNA HOLLA, DON'T IT? bang
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