Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
Hey everybody I am going to spearhead a campaign about encouraging students to pursue a higher education in low income and of color communities, and I am interested in knowing ways in which that has been achieved elsewhere, or if anyone has taken parts in this sort of initiative or if anyone who is currently in high school needs to feel further encouraged, or even what sorts of commitment do these students need from colleges.
A group of classmates and I are trying to attend the five day World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education in Hawaii which is coming up in May. This indiegogo was created in order to help fund the trip for folks who aren’t able to afford the steep costs of the registration, flight, and board. If possible, a donation would be incredible (any amount counts) and/or spreading the word across other social media venues for more visibility!
Blurb from the Indiegogo
"Hello! We are a diverse group of students from Western Washington University (located in Bellingham, WA) dedicated to educational equity and taking the actions necessary to make traditional classroom spaces and alternative learning venues enriching for children and adults. Many of us are majoring in human services, education (at the k-12 level and beyond), American Cultural Studies, psychology, and/or are budding grassroots organizers. The common thread guiding us all, is our desire to help people in varied ways and build greater awareness about experiences people from different walks of life and communities may be navigating.
Our class set up this campaign in order to help fund our participation at the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education in Hawaii. This five day conference is renowned for its ability to enrich and expand people’s ideas about what education can look like and how to better ignite excitement about learning. We are absolutely invested in gaining more effective ways of teaching and learning. As well as unlearning some of the dynamics we have experienced in the classroom. Such as the teacher as the sole holder of knowledge. We believe that learning should be a communal endeavor where the teacher is learning alongside students and students are teaching alongside their teachers.
As students working our way through school, a conference and trip of this magnitude with such a short time left, would not be achievable without the generous contributions of interested donors. We are ecstatic about this opportunity as well as the possibility that there are people out there willing to help. So we would like to thank you in advance for your kindness.”
Please please share, reblog, tweet, spread the word in anyway possible!
Happy Arab-American Heritage Month everyone!
Happy Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month Everyone!
Once again, Caucasian does not mean white, and using it to mean white is actually racist.
There are real Caucasian people who live in the Caucasus region, and they are not white.
- un-disgruntle yourself
- comfort someone
- be comforted
- go to a quiet place
- press a magic button and fix everything
- get a hug
- see something cute
- hear rain noises
- play cute games
- cut something/someone (blood)
- break something
- open a window
- have a guided relaxation
- listen to nature sounds (or here)
- do nothing for 2 minutes
- play the piano
- make cute ecards
- make cool music (ex.)
- get an idea for what to do
- avoid boredom
- watch a dream
- have a stickman adventure
The Morgan Freeman quote about the best way to end racism is an oft trotted out weapon of racists but never do we hear this more than during Black History Month. In fact, I’d say it may be second only to “If there was a white history month it would be called racist.” (This was supposed to be posted last month, sorry)
Usually, when people dissect this quote to show it’s ignorance, they make comparisons. I’m sure most of us have heard someone talk about this and facetiously say something like, “The best way to end cancer is to stop talking about it.” This is usually followed by three or four more comments just like it.
Well, it’s a good point. Great point even. The idea that not talking about something will magically make it disappear is non-sense at it’s finest.
While I both enjoy and agree with that tact, I’d like to give a different perspective here. First off, the quote in question, was taken out of context. Don’t get me wrong, Morgan Freeman stands proud on the side of white supremacy but this quote, at least the way it’s used, is taken completely out of it’s contextual point.
The point here is not and was not to “Stop talking about it” but instead to stop making it a “Special” conversation. If the discussion about racism was part of our every day lives, really a part of it, a part of the national conversation- in school, at work, everywhere. It wouldn’t be “Special.” When we saw racism, we would call it out, the person would make the decision to apologize and change or choose to continue to be racist but the “Call out” or the “Talking about” wouldn’t be dirty, wrong or “Political.” It would simply be Wednesday.
When racism comes up, it’s “Special.” Sure you hear about it a lot on sites like Tumblr but this site is really it’s own environment. It’s not reflective of the world at large.
If racism, in all it’s forms was a regular, every day discussion, something that could be discussed as freely as today’s school lunch, there would never, ever be a requirement for the “Special” conversation and we would no longer have to “Talk about it” in specially marked rooms with “Race theory” written on the door.
Finally, just to state the obvious, the people who’ve read this far and are looking for something more concise to say the next time they hear someone spout off the “Stop talking about it” stuff, simply say this:
In order to talk about racism, racism would have to first exist. I can’t “Point it out” if there’s nothing to point to. Stop asking me to change the effect when you have no interest in first changing the cause.