The Article ' Controversial Blackness : The Historical Development & Future Trajectory Of African American Studies

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The article “Controversial Blackness: The Historical Development & Future Trajectory of African American Studies,” was written by Martha Biondi, a European Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University. Martha Biondi (2011), discusses the trajectory, development, growth, training, history, of African American studies, and the expansion of doctoral programs of African American studies necessary for the future trajectory in that field. The article further examines the fields in black colleges, as well as predominantly European institutions and challenge these institutions for the incorporation of African American studies. Opinions in the article included, a radio program conducted in 2009, by…show more content…
Alexander’s question: “But has the mission of African American studies changed in other ways?” (p 227) The group agrees that post-racial discourse is not recognized and that it is very important to have the skills and abilities to address such issues, whether social, economic, cultural, and political. Biondi states that, “Arguably the most exciting development for African studies in the twenty-first century is the expansion of doctoral programs. The opportunity to train young scholars can only add to the growth, rigor and institutional stature of the field,” (p 235). Darwin . Turner, dean of the graduate school at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, argued that the “academic turn away from blackness merged from the optimism spawned by early legal decisions supporting desegregation, the defeat of Fascism, and postwar affluence, (p 228). Although the article has good points, the article did not mention solutions for the struggles, challenges, and dilemmas of African American students on campus and the future trajectory for African American studies. I know that it is very difficult to predict what changes will be in the future for the trajectory of the African American Studies program. However, the article did bring insight for other researchers as an “opportunity to cultivate solidarity and sharpen and update its analysis of racism in the United States” (p 235). Inferences made in the

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