Saturday 24 June 2023

Syracuse University Professor Hosts Writing Workshop For Black Students Only

 A Syracuse University professor’s company is hosting a writing workshop that is only open to black students, excluding people of other races. 

Jenn M. Jackson, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University, is a co-founder of Colored Convos Media, an LLC that’s hosting the summer writing workshop, which costs $40 for one session or $75 for both sessions.

The signup form for a summer writing workshop notes that “While you do not have to be queer to participate in the spaces, you do have to be Black and you must be committed to centering and honoring the lives and experiences of all queer and trans people.” It asks applicants “Are you black?” and “Are you queer?”

It also explains “We are a Black and queer owned and operated media company dedicated to providing support to Black and queer writers and content creators.”

Jackson, who teaches “Gender and Politics” and “Black Feminist Politics,” describes herself as a “queer genderflux androgynous Black woman.” Colored Convos Media, also works to “raise money for Black and queer folx” attending college.

The website for Colored Convos Media reads “A central part of our mission is to support Black and queer writers and content creators as they pursue their purpose and goals. As such, we rely on community donations to fund a range of financial needs.”

Meanwhile, Jackson’s statements on race and politics have previously been met with severe criticism. 

In the days leading up to the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Syracuse University professor claimed that the attacks were “an attack on the heteropatriarchal system” that “many white Americans fight to protect.” Jackson was not disciplined by Syracuse University for her comment.

In another tweet, Jackson expressed dismay that “white pundits” still discuss the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001. “It’s twenty years since 9/11 and I’m still really disturbed by how many white pundits and correspondents still talk about it,” her 2021 tweet reads. 

She has also alleged that “white women are the gatekeepers of white supremacy” and that white people are “generally ignorant about everyone else’s existence.” Another tweet laments that “the amount of psychic and mental energy extracted by whiteness everyday is immeasurable.” 

Jackson has also argued that the policing profession is inherently racist, remarking, “The ‘goodness’ of cops is unimportant. They are employed in an institution meant to eradicate blackness.”

“The philosophical principles of being a police officer are racist and anti-black,” her tweet said. “A black police officer is still a police officer,” a recent tweet states. 

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