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Dear white anthropologists, I don’t believe you: When will #BlackLivesMatter & #BlackMindsMatter in Anthropology departments?

January 13, 2015
Shay-Akil

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INTRO

Historically academic organizations have made statements at times of peril in particular communities across the world to signify their official stance on the events taking place.  From UNESCO’s statement on race in 1950 to the most recent academic organizations’ statements on the oppression of Palestinians and recent media attention brought to Ferguson and other cases of police brutality.  But unfortunately these statements don’t necessarily materialize into anything of substance in the academy.  Academic organizational statements have not been resulting in changing the racial politics in these departments.
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Under Construction: Decolonized Queer Masculinity(ies)

January 3, 2015
Shay-Akil

Under-construction

This is something that I have been discussing with close friends and working on what this means for myself.  As somebody who is considered an academic in some sense, a lot of figuring this out means I’ve been reading loads of research articles, books, and articles online to look at loads of different perspectives and see how that looks next to the many conversations that I have had with close friends and family.  The academic portion of this journey has proved to be difficult as a consequence of the white history of the term “queer”.  As a Black person whose gender identity is queer masculine, I have been wrestling with what this means to me and working on constructing a queer masculinity that is decolonized.  And by that I mean depatriarchalized, a masculinity that isn’t defined by or nested in patriarchal domination. Continue Reading

Critical Thinking & Employing Education To Develop A Critical Consciousness

January 1, 2015
Shay-Akil

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Introduction

As a scholar and lover of learning I have constantly been asked how I manage to learn, remember, and understand so much.  Quite honestly its through a very particular form of critical thinking that is heavily influenced by brilliant minds like Paulo Friere, bell hooks, and the research skills I learned from the amazing staff of the Ronald E. McNair Program at UB.  So in this blog post I quickly run through some of the key components that underline the theory and praxis of critical thinking that I employ.  This post is designed to be introductory, it requires that you move forward on your own to engage in practically applying critical thinking.  This means you should check out the literature suggested here, pay close attention to the charts and try everything out on your own. Continue Reading

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