While in the UK the student body has also become undoubtedly more diverse, the staff and therefore academic interests have remained overwhelmingly exclusive and white. Black British-born staff make up only 1% of full-time staff, representing just 85 out of the UK’s 18,510 university professors and face barriers to promotion once employed. The unfortunate reality is that black studies has not emerged sooner because there has not been a critical mass of staff who could teach the subject.
We at BCU are able to offer a high-quality black studies degree because our department has six full-time black academic members of staff who work in the discipline.
Only blacks can teach black studies apparently.
Interesting thought, isn’t it?