We know firsthand what it means to be part of a white academic institution — we write as scholars of color who have committed a lifetime to anti-racism and cross-racial alliances. The two of us bonded and built a friendship over our shared experiences with racial hostility in the workplace. In this article, we want to share our personal stories and some of the relevant research to identify some of the common themes that underpin what silencing and sidelining looks like, especially from white progressive colleagues. We believe that our personal experiences – along with the experiences of so many others – will help illustrate the barriers still in place for how we talk about, analyze and take action around racial justice.
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