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#BlackLivesMatter and the Politics of Racial Mis/Recognition
February 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Previously tenured at Southern Illinois University, Dr. Rachel Griffin is a new faculty member in the U’s Department of Communication. This talk theorizes #BlackLivesMatter discourses as demands for humanizing recognition that represent a continuation of historicized labor to contest racial oppression. Anchored by the Hegelian assertion that mutually affirming recognition fosters humanization, these discourses respond to racial misrecognition (e.g., stereotypes, microaggressions, stigma, racism, etc.) which has profound consequences for people of color ranging from devaluation to dismissal to death. When #BlackLivesMatter is theorized as a demand for humanizing recognition and simultaneous response to dehumanizing misrecognition, our societal inability to consistently respond with affirmation, compassion, and action is pedagogically revealing in terms of racial progress.