ABSTRACT

In this chapter, the authors contend that the attempt to ensure conformity to neoliberal academic perspectives within academic centers funded by wealthy entrepreneurs runs deeper than many realize and subverts the goals of critical thinking and progressive action essential to the continued evolution of a pluralistic and participatory democracy. Returning to the concept of systemic racism as a foundational US phenomenon. A systemic racism approach views and documents white- on-others oppression—initially white-on-indigenous and white-on-black oppression—as the persisting foundation of this society, one in place since the seventeenth century and persisting for centuries to the present day. The stark reality is that most educational institutions in the US are built on indigenous lands. In particular, the US land-grant public university system was founded on a bedrock of injustice through the seizure and appropriation of Native American lands.