African American Studies : The Matrix Of American Ethnic Studies

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As the United States’ population has increasingly become more racially and ethnically diverse and there are more access to Higher Education, there has been a trend for a presence of Ethnic Studies in Academia. These “Area” Focused disciplines tries to distinguish their goals apart from other disciplines, which encourages Ethnic Studies to constantly change. Using Color-Line To Borderlands: The Matrix of American Ethnic Studies, I will focus on the following Ethnic Studies and their goals: African American Studies, Women’s Studies, Chicano/a Studies, Native American Studies, and Asian American Studies, and Queer Studies. African American studies, which can be seen as the first Ethnic Studies to be introduced in Academia has several values that they want to embody. Originally, African American studies was a grassroots student-led response to institutional racism in Higher Education. These students in the 60’s felt that African Americans’ narrative was not vocalized in Higher Education curriculum (115). Nathan Huggins would also include that African American Studies was indirectly fighting for social justice (116). Robert L Harris would argue that African American Studies can be traced back even further to the 1890’s when people were researching the Black Culture, but he would ultimately agree that African American Studies formerly became part of the Higher Education institution around 1960’s/70’s. African American Studies focused on the struggles between black-nationalism
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