Archive for February, 2016

24
Feb
16

What to do in the face of the Trump phenomenon?

http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/daily-cartoon-022316-hat

This cartoon speaks to the sentiment I and many of my colleagues are feeling about the historical moment of racism and xenophobia that has given rise to Trump. It’s scary and often we feel paralyzed in the face of the hate and ire that Trump spouts, which gives voice to the anti-Obama racist backlash and the backlash to the multiculturalism of the 1990s and 00s more generally. What to do in the face of this? Short of emigrating to Canada or Mexico following a possible Trump Presidency, this phenomenon seems to give those of us working in higher education even more import and motivation for our work – building acceptance, understanding, and value for cultural differences through our teaching and research.

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