ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

On "White Supremacy"

Two geography professors have recently co-authored an academic article decrying the persistence of “masculanism and white supremacy" within their discipline.  The impetus for the piece came from their "shared feelings of discomfort, frustration, and anger at the conduct of certain fellow scholars" whose misdeeds include "citation cartels" and the reproduction of "hierarchies of power" via "the interstices of capitalism, heteropatriarchy, colonialism, and whiteness."  North American newspapers have this week reproduced the profs' complaints, mostly uncritically, no doubt alienating geography majors who might be squeamish about abetting white supremacists on campus.