Talking Loud and Saying Nothing

Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas
2019 Departures in qualitative qualitative research  
The road a predominantly white institution (PWI) takes to maximize diversity, inclusion, and equity can be fraught with challenges. One midsize institution learned through an assessment of its campus climate that its institutional practices and arrangements impeded diversity, inclusion, and equity despite white administrators' beliefs to the contrary. To help quell systemic racism habits, monthly campus-wide workshops focused on several key racial injustice habits and hurtful microaggressions
more » ... nerated from white privilege. A faux social justice allure to white allies who considered themselves advocates of nondominant people is one that should ultimately call into question the genuineness and true nature of their support. This semi-autoethnographic essay is a plaintive call to white colleagues in the academy to earnestly acknowledge white privilege and to use it to actively fight the destructive force of racial battle fatigue and institutional racism. KEYWORDS Racial battle fatigue; Ally; Whiteness; Race You're like a dull knife Just ain't cutting You're just talking loud And saying nothing Just saying nothing Just saying nothing Earlier in , against my better judgment, I decided to attend a special campuswide diversity training workshop titled "Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF): Recognize, Heal, Be an Ally," sponsored by our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This threefold-purpose training was supposed to be one of those self-betterment cultural enrichment programs "designed to help attendees to name and recognize
doi:10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.4.100 fatcat:4bxpyve7gjetxpirgci5p7n74e