Learn 2 Unlearn: ~ The Roland Chrisjohn Files ~
Shaunessy McKay writes: "
~Dr. Roland Chrisjohn, my esteemed colleague, co-author, best friend, and mentor has been forced, after years of inexcusable abuse from the administration of St. Thomas University, into a hunger strike as of today, February 1st 2016. ~ This is the same administration that would rather support a drug dealing sexual predator than its students and respected faculty. The same administration that would rather its Native Student organization hold a "pow wow" in the cafeteria than host acclaimed aboriginal activists to lecture on their campus. The same university that sees its aboriginal students as entertainment for the actual students, at best. I could go on, but it is exhausting for me to have to relive this bullshit over and over again. ~ The last straw, however, came to a head just this month. He was asked to teach a research methodology course for a native specific program. It was soon obvious that he was hired based not on his innumerable qualifications, but because he has a brown face and a teaching position. Once they realized that he was not the fraud they assumed he must be, his signed contract was summarily declared null and a replacement (I have to assume an actual fraud, or at the very least a spineless flunky) was found. The administration has, thus far, completely backed the undeniably racist and illegal actions of this program (as had become normal by now), and here we are. ~ After being told by colleagues, friends, and even myself through the years in so many words to just lie down and take it, he is understandably done. This isn't a request for attention or a smear campaign on the university. This is just me, letting the people who care know what is happening. This is me voicing my support for my friend and my disgust with the people that made this inevitable.
~ This link and Teaching go back to him today ~ In Solidarity ~ With Integrity ~ With Remembrance ~ With Remorse