Antiracism and the Complexity of Woke Politics

Sponsor: NCA First Vice President
Fri, 11/18: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST
Room: Grand Ballroom C - 5th Floor 
In 2021, "Woke" was chosen as the word of the year by the trendsetter In the context of civil debates about public monuments, critical race theory, educational praxis, a global racial pandemic, the January 6 capital riots, and the Black Lives Matter movement, it is a word that has come to mean so much to so many in such a short period of time. Some have attributed the word to a song entitled "Master Teacher" by R&B singer Erykah Badu. No matter the origins or the ensuing complexity, the definition "woke" is actually rather rudimentary. It simply refers to a level of social and cultural consciousness after having been awakened by the unquiet noise of privilege, which consistently disturbs and distorts the identities of marginalized group persons. In this lecture, while unpacking the brouhaha circulating Critical Race Theory, Jackson attends to the sociopolitical dynamics that have facilitated a complicated set of standpoints around racial marginality in the United States and around the globe. He offers us an opportunity to consider questions like the following: What does inclusive excellence mean in the 21st century? How does a nation heal from an unending onslaught of racial trauma? What is our responsibility as citizens, educators, and allies?


Ronald L. Jackson, University of Cincinnati  - Contact Me