Elizabeth Leiba

Double Consciousness

I have to admit, as an English Professor, I'm surprised by the number of people who've never read a book by a black author or believe scholarly thought on racism begins with Robin DiAngelo.

While I appreciate the contributions of DiAngelo and Jane Elliot, there are a plethora of black scholars who have written on race, inequity and social justice for hundreds of years.

Please don't quote DiAngelo's research on "White Fragility" if you don't know W.E.B. DuBois and have never heard of "Double Consciousness."

No disrespect to the DiAngelos of the world, but we have a wealth of our own informed knowledge to pull from.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of blacks in America from the perspective of our lived experience, not the comfort of someone's office or living room, we are already standing on the shoulders of giants.

Let's study the historical perspective BEFORE moving on to analysis provided by contemporary researchers.