Controversies need names. And EphBlog is here to help! We hereby decree that the current scandal shall be named “Green/Love Black Joy,” with GLBJ as the appropriate abbreviation. Previous controversy names include: ¿Quién es más macho?, Nigaleian, Safety Dance, Prospect Must Die, Willy E. N-word, Catch Moore If You Can, The Taco Six, Mary Jane Hitler and Self-CARE Now.

Reasons:

1) This controversy centers around the actions of Professors Kai Green ’07 and Kimberly Love, so using their names makes sense. I also think that “Green Love” is nice phrasing.

2) Our story started with their article for the feminist wire in November. One of the best lines was: “And not even tenure is worth our Black joy.”

3) Other participants also like the phrase “Black Joy.” The photo at the top of the post is from the student tribute/memorial to Green/Love.

4) Blackness is at the very center of this dispute, one way or the other.

5) I capitalized Joy, rather than leave it as “joy,” as in the article, because I think that the subtext here goes back to the College’s appointment of Joy James more than a decade ago. I don’t think — contrary opinions welcome! — that James had anything to do with Green/Love’s hiring, but the institutional imperative which demands, Demands, DEMANDS, that Williams hire more African-American faculty is the driving force behind this story. That force has been around for decades, of course, but it sure seems to have picked up steam in the last 10 years. Or does only EphBlog remember Bernard Moore?

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