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Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses

Lawrence Ross
Format
Book
Published
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781250079114, 125007911X, 9781466891746
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"'College' is a word that means many things to many people: a space for knowledge, a place to gain lifelong friends, and an opportunity to transcend one's socioeconomic station. Today, though, this word also recalls a slew of headlines that have revealed a dark and persistent world of racial politics on campus. Does this association disturb our idealized visions of what happens behind the ivied walls of higher learning? It should - because campus racism on college campuses is as American as college football on Fall Saturdays. From Lawrence Ross, author of The Divine Nine and the leading expert on sororities and fraternities, Blackballed is an explosive and controversial book that rips the veil off America's hidden secret: America's colleges have fostered a racist environment that makes them a hostile space for African American students. Blackballed exposes the white fraternity and sorority system, with traditions of racist parties, songs, and assaults on black students; and the universities themselves, who name campus buildings after racist men and women. It also takes a deep dive into anti-affirmative action policies, and how they effectively segregate predominately white universities, providing ample room for white privilege. A bold mix of history and the current climate, Blackballed is a call to action for universities to make radical changes to their policies and standards to foster a better legacy for all students"--
Contents
  • A century of isolated incidents
  • Jim Crow Greek row
  • The Machine
  • Not bitter, no apologies
  • The Great American Half-Baked Sale
  • The joke's on you, Black
  • Honoring the dishonorable
  • We're mad as hell ... and we're taking over the building.
Description
xii, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-258) and index.
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