: LiCS Public Apology

The LiCS Editorial Team has been reflecting on Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard’s essay “‘When You Know Better, Do Better’: Honoring Intellectual and Emotional Labor Through Diligent Accountability Practices” published on Dr. Carmen Kynard’s blog, Education, Liberation & Black Radical Traditions for the 21st Century on July 8, 2019. It is always difficult to read critique and to see your failings reflected back to you. We take Dr. Pritchard’s words seriously and are committed to rising to the call to “do better.” 

Specifically, we regret not staying in conversation with Dr. Pritchard during the retraction and revision process we undertook in response to his justified critique of the original cfp. An initial draft of our retraction named Dr. Pritchard as the colleague whose critique we were acting on, but after deliberation we removed this naming in what we thought was respect for his privacy and for the significant intellectual and emotional labor he had already expended. In retrospect, we should have simply contacted him and asked what he preferred on this point. Instead, we erased the specific -- and generous -- contribution he made that guided our decision to retract and revise. This was a mistake on our part and we have apologized directly to Dr. Pritchard, as we do so here, for the pain this caused. 

From the larger perspective of LiCS as a journal, Dr. Pritchard’s critique of the original CFP accelerated the anti-racist publishing strategies we had already begun implementing and motivated us to redouble our efforts. These efforts include diversifying participation at all levels of the journal, revising our submission process to encourage diverse citation practices, and creating and implementing our own succession plan. We thank Dr. Pritchard for helping us do this work, and we plan to report on our progress in the fall issue. 

LiCS has long valued the work of early-career scholars and we recognize and take responsibility for the mentoring required in featuring that work. Going forward, we ask that those who find fault with our process attribute sole responsibility to the journal, and not to the early-career and/or scholars of color who in good faith are guest-editing the upcoming special issue.The team of guest editors hopes to continue the important citation work that Dr. Pritchard has modeled, and we hope that this special issue will amplify the crucial scholarship happening in these fields. 

ISSN: 2326-5620