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[FL] White Teacher Black Studies
White Teacher Stands Out In Black Studies
Department of Africana Studies instructor Eric Duke works in his office at the University of South Florida.
MICHAEL SPOONEYBARGER / Tribune
By CHRIS ECHEGARAY firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: Apr 10, 2006
His lectures on race aren't for the politically correct. White people still control society, and their racist attitudes prevail, he says.
"I don't sugarcoat it," Duke, 33, said in an interview. "There's racial privilege. We can't blame victims of racism for racism. The general public's perception is probably shock at me teaching this. But it's not uncommon in academic circles."
What is uncommon is Duke's race, given his job.
He's the only white faculty member of the only graduate-level African-American studies program in Florida.
He joined the University of South Florida's Africana Studies Department as an instructor last fall. The youngest in the group, Duke rejects the "Tweed Army" professorial approach to teaching. He paces and gestures, his voice rising with the subject matter.
He uses fliers to promote his classes. This fall: black radical thought. "Is it afros, kente cloth, dashikis and clenched fists?" The question is printed under black power fists and above the black nationalist flag.
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