Shannon Gibney: Fire Starter

When Shannon Gibney, a writer, activist and Black Studies professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College was accused of racial harassment and reprimanded soon after, her case unleashed a furious national debate beyond structural racism in post-secondary institutions as it fused all aspects of intersectionality: race, class, gender and privilege.  Shannon’s uncomfortable yet crucial story—coupled with her witty, firebrand personality—clobbered America’s cracked notion of a post-racial society, bringing to the centre its legacy of colonialism, slavery, racism and the frictions of shifting race, class and gender power structures in contemporary America.  Click the link below to listen to my lively conversation with Shannon about racism, sexism, access to education, anti-racism organizing, solidarity and with a little mention of Junot Diaz thrown into the mix.


PicShannon Gibney is a writer, educator, and activist based in Minneapolis. Her critical and creative works have appeared in several publications and anthologies.  She has been teaching English and Black Studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College since 2007.  A former Bush Artist Fellows Program Awardee, Shannon is currently working on her second novel, Hank Aaron’s Daughter.


Originally published on Radio-BED