Sunday, September 23, 2007

Holloway's Two Race Standards

We read at Duke News:

The nooses hung from a tree at Jena High School in Louisiana were “unambiguous symbols of a vicious racial threat, linked inextricably to the ways in which white violence has historically followed blacks who sought their constitutional rights,” says a Duke University English professor and author.

The case of the 'Jena 6' has drawn considerable attention recently, and many civil rights and student groups are expected to convene in Jena this week in protest.

Last fall, white students in Jena hung the nooses from a shade tree after a black student asked to sit under it. The incident led to fights between black and white students. In December, six black teens were charged with attempted murder following one of the fights. Many feel the charges are disproportionate to the crime, and supporters have dubbed the teens the “Jena 6.”

“These nooses did not appear accidentally or by happenstance in Jena,” says Karla FC Holloway, the William R. Kenan Professor of English who also holds appointments in the law school and women’s studies department. “The students who hung the nooses worked from their presumptions of how to maintain separate and racially distinct access. They worked from their knowledge of how to signal that authority.

“The nooses are absolute indicators of the racial place of this story,” she says.

Although this seemed an incident that developed from a schoolyard fight, there is more to the story, namely the complicity of the school administrators and the school's perpetuation of a system of unequal treatment, Holloway says.[…]
There’s more to the Duke News report here.

Now you may be asking:

1) Is she the same Professor Holloway who said nothing when an angry crowd waved a “CASTRATE” banner in front of house where three men named as suspects in what turned out to be a false gang rape accusation lived?

2) Isn’t she one of the teachers who thanked “activists” who circulated the “Vigilante” poster targeting students after the school had expressed fears that such an action would add to the danger the students were already facing?

3) Didn’t she say nothing when one of the school’s students was the object of physical threats, including death threats, from a racist group who hounded him as he walked to a courthouse and then within a courtroom?

“Yes” to all three questions.

Why did Professor Holloway say nothing about the “CASTRATE” sign; thank people circulating the “Vigilante” poster; and say nothing when racists threatened the student?

The answer to that question is as easy as telling the difference between black and white.

Does anyone believe Holloway would’ve said nothing if the targeted and endangered students had been black instead of white? Or thanked people for distributing a “Vigilante” poster with face photos of 43 black Duke students on it?

Let's hope Professor Holloway will soon explain her two race standards, and how she thinks they impact her work at Duke, particularly with students under attack by racists.


locomotive Breath said...

If it's OK for six men to gang up on and beat the daylights out of someone who racially insulted them then Kim Roberts is lucky she got away with just the "cotton shirt" remark.

kbp said...

I have not read that the victim of the beating "racially insulted them".

Did I miss this?

b0xb0tt0m said...

No kbp, you didn't miss that because it didn't happen. This is the same Karla Holloway who is completely mistaken on THIS incident. There is no connection at all between the noose incident, that occurred more than three months previously, and the unprovoked beating of a child who was not involved in that incident by six other students. But then I think you already knew that.

locomotive Breath said...

Well, I assume the attackers in Jena saw the nooses hanging from the tree and picked out a random guy on whom to vent their anger.

But kbp is correct in that it was not a direct face-to-face insult as was Pitman's. So by this standard, she was even more deserving of an attack.

Anonymous said...

Okay, here's what I'm hoping. The young people of today are witnessing the racism of the Holloways, Jacksons, Sharptons, etc. and it's just as ugly as white racism of old. Today's youth don't bend to it, most have no white guilt. In addition, the best and brightest Black youths understand it too. This stuff isn't going to work anymore when they're in charge. I can hope.

Ralph Phelan said...

You're wasting your time.

She would tell you with a strait face that because of historical and continuing societal patterns of discrimination, the rights of white people don't matter.

Better to address such observations to those who fund her work and those who send their children to be taght by her.

Anonymous said...

Why is "Duke News" publishing these comments by Holloway? Her comments are not news about Duke University or its employees or students. It's simply an opinion of one professor about a current event of which she has no firsthand knowledge. And it's the opinion of a professor who has shown extreme bias and lack of discretion when discussing events that occurred on her own campus.