Do You Have Any Skin in the Game?

Do You Have Any Skin in the Game? Kimberly Blockett Penn State University, Brandywine his idiom gets right to what bothers me most about this most recent "Why are we still here?" conversation. Beyond the immediate metaphor, "skin in the game" indicates a person entering a space in which something is already in play. In financial circles, the price to play necessitates an investment--a risk. When Nellie McKay wrote her now famous pmla guest column, "Naming the Problem That Led to the Question `Who Shall Teach African American Literature?'; or, Are We Ready to Disband the Wheatley Court?," she spoke insistently about both the risks and the necessities of saying what needs to be said, especially when no one wants to hear it. No one in the academy wants to be questioned about why this person or that group is not in the room/sitting at the table/engaged in the discussion, because the question implies, at best, indifference and, at worst, a systemic ambivalence that feeds something much more sinister. This question too often seems unspeakable and too often goes unspoken: What do you really believe, and (how) does that inform your praxis? The interconnectedness of individual praxis and institutional best practices is key. Any scholar editing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers University of Nebraska Press

Do You Have Any Skin in the Game?

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Volume 31 (1) – Jun 4, 2014

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Kimberly Blockett Penn State University, Brandywine his idiom gets right to what bothers me most about this most recent "Why are we still here?" conversation. Beyond the immediate metaphor, "skin in the game" indicates a person entering a space in which something is already in play. In financial circles, the price to play necessitates an investment--a risk. When Nellie McKay wrote her now famous pmla guest column, "Naming the Problem That Led to the Question `Who Shall Teach African American Literature?'; or, Are We Ready to Disband the Wheatley Court?," she spoke insistently about both the risks and the necessities of saying what needs to be said, especially when no one wants to hear it. No one in the academy wants to be questioned about why this person or that group is not in the room/sitting at the table/engaged in the discussion, because the question implies, at best, indifference and, at worst, a systemic ambivalence that feeds something much more sinister. This question too often seems unspeakable and too often goes unspoken: What do you really believe, and (how) does that inform your praxis? The interconnectedness of individual praxis and institutional best practices is key. Any scholar editing

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