David Shih is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He grew up outside of Dallas, Texas and received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin. His graduate degrees include an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Shih is one of the foremost scholars studying white privilege and has written many epic blog posts describing this phenomenon.
He served as UW-Eau Claire’s first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness Fellow and is a faculty member in the Social Justice Living Learning Community. In addition to Intro to Texts, a core course for English majors and minors, Dr. Shih teaches courses on college writing, American literature, social justice, and critical race studies.
According to Shih, "Hatred is an outcome of white supremacy, to be sure, but one of the second order. Only after one group has been deemed superior does it become possible to hate others for their difference from it."
Quote: "I have conversations about racism for a living. And even if my job as a college professor did not professionalize such an activity, I would find a way to have them with as many people as possible. But I would still prefer to have conversations about racism in a classroom, as part of a college course. Why? Because I have fifteen weeks of classes to do so. And that is still not enough time to accomplish what is necessary."
Quote: "Making and keeping friends of color requires the suspension and gradual eradication of interpersonal impulses borne of white supremacy. One begins by understanding that white culture is actually white supremacy culture. People of color have always had to know white culture better than white people themselves; past and present, their lives and livelihoods depend on making the white people around them comfortable."
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