Native mascots and ethic fraud in higher education: Using tribal critical race theory and the interest convergence principle as an analytic tool

Angelina E. Castagno, Stacey J. Lee

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This article examines one university's policies regarding Native mascots and ethnic fraud through a Tribal Critical Race Theory analytic lens. Using the principle of interest convergence, we argue that institutions of higher education allow and even work actively towards a particular form or level of diversity, but they do not extend it far enough. Once racial remedies no longer hold value or benefit the institution itself, the status quo is maintained. Ultimately, the university has an interest in "celebrating" diversity and supporting superficial multiculturalism, but it does not have an interest in critical, social justice-oriented policies that challenge the status quo, the current racial order, or the institution's privilege and power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalEquity and Excellence in Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007


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