A Course on Race and Anti-Black Racism
This fall, the department offered a first-of-its-kind course called “Race, Anti-Black Racism and Communication” (COMM 3000). Taught by Assistant Professor Danielle Hodge, the course focused on understanding anti-Black racism as a distinct kind of racial oppression, marginalization and discrimination against, imposed upon, and experienced by Black people (i.e., people of African ancestry).
Hodge showed how anti-Blackness pervades contexts, cultures, communities and societies, and encouraged students to ask questions that are particularly essential in 2020: How does anti-Black racism influence our constructions and ascriptions of identity, permeate our language use and impact popular culture? How does anti-Black racism manifest in racial microaggressions, racial gaslighting, racial profiling and racial stereotyping? (And I’m proud to report that this course is being offered again in spring ’21!)