Date Approved

8-17-2022

Embargo Period

8-18-2023

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

Advisor

Stephanie Abraham, Ph.D.

Committee Member 1

Joseph Youngblood, Esq./Ph.D.

Committee Member 2

Susan Browne, Ed.D.

Committee Member 3

James Coaxum III, Ph.D.

Keywords

African American-Black, colonization, oppression-oppressed, plantation, supremacy, systems

Subject(s)

Racism; Doctoral students; Universities and colleges--United States

Disciplines

Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Higher Education

Abstract

In this dissertation, methodologically, I combined Blackgirl autoethnography, Herstory methods, and arts-based inquiry to tell my story of my experiences of racism as a doctoral student at a predominantly white institution. Theoretically, I framed my experience with elements of Critical Race Theory, Whiteness as Property, Bodies out of Place Theory, Anti-Blackness, and the notion of the akkkademy as an extension of the Plantation. Using my experiences at this institution coupled with my social justice activism and organizing experience, I created an Oppression Plantation Paradigm (OPP) Model which outlaid how the plantation existed coupled with how enslavement via forms of policing are still in operation in today's systems, to include akkkademia. Gatekeepers operating as gate openers (Beauboeuf-Lafontant, 1997, p. 8) still profess equity and justice, yet these words are nothing more than buzzwords and rhetoric.

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