Sociology is the study of human behavior, and in recent years, scholars have become adept at analyzing racism, sexism, and class oppression.
But in a recent survey conducted by sociologist Sarah Buhrman of Georgetown University, we found that many sociographers have been hesitant to discuss these topics in a positive light.
Buhratman, a scholar of African American and gender studies, conducted a survey of 20 sociology professors and surveyed their opinions on race and racism in the academy.
She said that she found professors to be largely hesitant to talk about race in general, and they were even more reluctant to talk in a way that was positive.
“Some professors were uncomfortable with the term ‘racism,’ and they’re not talking about it in a ‘positive way,'” Buharmann said.
“Some professors weren’t willing to discuss it at all.”
A few professors said that they were “totally fine” with talking about racism in a negative way, but many professors said they were uncomfortable talking about racial injustice in general.
Bohns said she thinks that a lot of these professors have been avoiding this topic for a long time because they feel that they need to be able to avoid “sociological racism,” which Buhreman defines as a cultural view of racial oppression that doesn’t address the root causes of racial inequality.
Bucharly said that professors “don’t want to talk to students about racism” because they fear that students will think that “they’re doing it in some kind of condescending way.”
Bucharley said that the lack of diversity among sociology professors is “disconcerting” because “it shows that the field is still very much a white-male dominated institution.”
“The problem with racism, Bucharski said, is that “the whole purpose of race is to maintain a certain social structure in which white men can do well and other groups can’t.
“Bucharsky said that “if you’re a professor and you’re teaching about race, you are not doing your job” and “you’re not doing what you need to do to get a broader understanding of race and its roots.
“Many professors also felt that they had to “treat it like a bad thing” and that their students would “find it more difficult to talk” about race because “you can’t talk about it without sounding racist.
“The problem is that these are the same people who say “racism is good” and don’t actually address how racism is harmful to black people, Buhraith said.
She added that many students feel like their “professors” are “not listening” to them because they’re “not comfortable talking about race at all,” or they feel like they’re doing “not a very good job” in addressing the issue.
Bucharrksy said that her own students are “very comfortable” talking about these issues, and she is “not afraid to talk with them.”
But she said that if her students “donít feel comfortable with that, they can talk about anything that is racist, but they need a lot more work to do that.”
According to Buchas, her own research has shown that students who feel like racism is “an important topic” and are “aware of it” tend to “get along” with their professor.
Bucas added that she has had students who “have been very good at explaining” their research to her about race and have “had a lot to say” about their experiences of racism.
Buharley also noted that the survey showed that some professors are “more willing to talk,” but that “others aren’t willing.” “
I think the reason we have a huge problem with it, and the reason there are a lot, is because there is not enough of a dialogue about it,” Buharcz said.
Buharley also noted that the survey showed that some professors are “more willing to talk,” but that “others aren’t willing.”
Buhrmann said that while “students may not have a ‘proper’ conversation about racism, they do have a discussion about the ways in which racism can affect marginalized groups,” which includes a discussion of the effects of racism on black and other minority students.
Broussard, Bumara, and Bucharcz agreed that there needs to be more “positive” conversations around racism in sociology, but that they have been unable to “move the needle” because there are “so many barriers” that prevent the issue from being discussed more broadly.