students teaching about racism in society

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“Stellenbosch University is committed to the use, safeguarding and sustained development of Afrikaans as an academic language” -Stellenbosch University Language Policy

“Luister is a documentary about the lives of students of colour who attend Stellenbosch University, a South African institution of higher learning. In a series of interviews, students recount instances of racial prejudice that they continue to experience in the town of Stellenbosch, and the enormous challenges that they face due to the use of Afrikaans as a language of teaching at the university. Luister is a film about Afrikaans as a language and a culture. It is a film about the continuing racism that exists within a divided society. It is a film about a group of students whose stories have been ignored. Luister is the Afrikaans word for Listen.”

This morning I received an email from a student in one of my classes. She is one of two Black students in a section of twenty students. Today we’re scheduled to discuss racism and monstrosity, and she emailed me to let me know that she wasn’t comfortable being in a classroom environment where this topic would be discussed by predominantly white students who have never considered their privilege. 

I have a student afraid to come to class to talk about race issues.

But yeah, go ahead, try and tell me that we live in a post-racial society.