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Article in Response to Controversy

Abstract

Racial discourse in the U.S. has traditionally been represented by a dichotomous paradigm of White/Black. Additionally, discourse on the existence and practice of racism has focused on uncovering personal, systemic, and symbolic structures of inequity in education, business, law, health, and society. Critical race theory has been used to generate such inquiry. As variant and inconclusive as research has been and as much as race continues to be very divisive, I propose a reexamination of understandings and theorizing on race and racism through a reinterpretation of racialization. Both substantive literature and the findings from a study on African-born women faculty will be used as data in this discussion as some new perspectives are offered.

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