Higher Education Needs Antifascism Now
Historian and author Ibram X. Kendi has powerfully argued that it is not enough to be “race neutral” in the United States. It is not enough to say “I am not a racist” and to hope for a position of neutrality. “There is no neutrality in the racism struggle,” Kendi writes. “The opposite of ‘racist’ isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘antiracist.’” Trying to ignore race contributes to white supremacy. Antiracism is necessary for combating it.
The same goes for fascism.
Originally published: June 29, 2020
Author: Michael S. Roth
Institution: Wesleyan University
Published by: Inside Higher Ed