Structural oppression of African Americans in higher education Public Deposited

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  • Researching what I believe to be exclusionary practices in higher education against African Americans has compelled me to approach this subject, in part, historically. Although I realize that a historical chronology of any subject is often deceptive, as with any writer, I am tempted to interpret events to fit my reality. However, my interest goes far beyond the matter of setting a historical record straight. I am far more interested in investigating reasons why there seem to be structural barriers erected against African Americans in higher education. For many, the answer is simple. They say that it is racism, pure and simple. However, I propose to show that it is more than racism. I contend that higher education is the source and disseminator of the theoretical concept of race and consequently of racism. I contend that once a theoretical concept, such as "race," has been socially and educationally constructed, all questions henceforth can be designed and narrowed down to a perpetually tautological construct called knowledge. In this dissertation, 1 will refer, metaphorically, to the concept of "race" as being an incurably malignant pathological paradigm that has been nurtured in higher education and passed on as knowledge. Based on this pathological paradigm, I will explore how higher education has portrayed African Americans as an inferior paradigmatic archetype.
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