Yesterday Professor George Yancy of Emory University wrote a piece in The New York Times called I Am A Dangerous Professor. In it, he describes how he found out that he had been placed on a Professor Watch List. His students told him that he was on it. They were afraid for him—a professor and a Black man—anxious about what it would mean for him to be on such a list.
"As you reap comfort from being white, we suffer for being black and people of color. But your comfort is linked to our pain and suffering. Just as my comfort in being male is linked to the suffering of women, which makes me sexist, so, too, you are racist. That is the gift that I want you to accept, to embrace. It is a form of knowledge that is taboo. Imagine the impact that the acceptance of this gift might have on you and the world."