In a recent article on his website entitled “It’s Time to Get Black Scholars Off the Academic Plantation,” Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University questions the career track taken by many African-American scholars.
Dr. Watkins writes: “As you spend your career writing one research paper after another, you also teach classes, with many of them having only one or two black students. White folks have all the money, so the dominant paradigm in this model of academic imperialism is to disappear from the black community and use your PhD as your ticket to ‘Never Land.’ The academic plantation offers some black scholars a false validity; part of the ‘mama I made it’ syndrome that adds almost nothing to the communities from which they came.”
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