I have never encountered racial and ethnic insensitivity in my graduate program. . .
. . . except when a professor talked about how Asian students are not fit for philosophy.
. . . except when students have asked me (more than once) to please tell them where I am from, because they “just cannot figure it out.”
. . . except when a student joked in the middle of class about me not having immigration papers.
. . . except when I had faculty member in a private meeting bluntly say that if I want to get a job I needed to specialize in Latin American philosophy. I do nothing of the sort. I work within M&E.
I love philosophy, but sometimes these little things are really, really annoying.PHILSTRUGGLEASIAN AMERICAN, GRAD SCHOOL, LATINA/O AMERICAN
Sorry- Having great difficulty traversing the two editors. The above originally appeared in the 2015 beingaphilosopherofcolor@wordpress,com
I want to ask a question: While eating at a church free luncheon on a university campus I found myself sharing a table with two black men who were presumably students. I did not want to insult them but I was curious what country they were from. Now, that could have been taken as rude and prejudiced, whereas I just hoped for a little friendly dialogue. They told the country and we ended up by them proudly showing a smart phone photo collection of their family back home. What should I say or not have said to start the conversation?
Nan, I am always reminded of the story of a museum on prejudice. It has two doors to enter the main hall of exhibits, once saying “Not prejudiced” above it with the other saying “Prejudiced” above it. The door that has “Not” included is locked, as we all are prejudiced in some way.
As for your question, I think being prepared to offer an apology, if needed is a start. “I don’t mean to offend, but I was curious….” Keith
Thanks for the thought, Keith!
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Thanks for the observation. Keith, there are so many blogs with a similar name to yours, would it be too much to ask for you to add your unique one-of-a-kind blog name to your writings? I’d sure reblog more!
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