Coming Out and Being Proudly Threatening: Feminist Activists and African Academies
A colleague once expressed particular disbelief at the colonialist mentality of a certain professor in the humanities she had recently encountered. Her distress stemmed from her inability to comprehend how a learned and "otherwise kind" man could exhibit such "ignorance". The professor's behaviour could only be surprising because my colleague assumed an inverse relationship between degree of education and domineering behaviour. She is not alone. Indeed, education is the preferred modus operandi of many individuals and organisations involved with fighting bigotry. Proponents of this view, however, cannot account for the central role of academics historically in legitimising hierarchies which locate Western European Christian heterosexual men at the apex and serve to devalue, demonise and exploit all Others.
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