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So hopefully I am not being colonialist by commenting on this 🙂

A lot of this reminds me of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (especially “Can the Subaltern Speak”), which I keep coming back to in educational contexts because I think we could learn a lot from her.

I do wonder (and I don’t have an answer to this) – what does it mean when various other groupings use “diversity” within their own sociocultural context? Traditionally black colleges in the U.S., Hispanic-serving institutions, women’s universities, etc tend to have “diversity initiatives” where they set the “assumed neutral point” as one that is unique for their institution and then look at how to get in more people that are different from their unique sociocultural context. For instance, Paul Quinn college in Texas is a HBCU (Historically Black College or University) and they have various “diversity” programs on campus to raise the number of white students above 2%. I wonder how that fits in a de-colonizing mindset? Or are there times with “diversity” is a sociocultural construct that changes with each context? I don’t know.

The other thing that sticks out to me is how much Western academia has convinced the rest of the world that we came up with everything that is labeled “Western” 🙂 We pretty much stole a lot of it from Eastern and Middle-Eastern cultures, especially in the area of academia. So some societies might go to try and decolonize themselves and find out “hey, those white dudes stole this from us in the first place!” 🙂