Archiving While Black

23 Jul

Among the things 2018 will be remembered for is mainstream culture’s realization that white Americans use the police to challenge black entry into “white” spaces. Countless viral news stories detail how white people have called the police on black people for cooking, shopping, driving — basically for existing while black. A black body in a space presumed to be white is at best out of place and at worst a threat. This reality extends to less visible spaces, such as the historical archive. The archive, and black marginalization within it, has important implications for both scholarly and popular ideas about history.

So begins Ashley Farmer’s thoughtful “read” of archival exclusivity at the Chronicle of Higher Education. You may read her entire piece here.

One Response to “Archiving While Black”

  1. Minimalist Man of Color July 23, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    I admit that was an interesting read. It’s unfortunate that the exclusion still exists and there is still such a mindset in this country, despite the great astrides and accomplishments in academia.

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