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8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance | Alternet

This story made my day….It is so powerful to have words to explain and to portray the way that I have been experiencing pubic education in my experience as a school social worker.

3. Schools That Educate for Compliance and Not for Democracy. Upon accepting the New York City Teacher of the Year Award on January 31, 1990, John Taylor Gatto upset many in attendance by stating: “The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.” A generation ago, the problem of compulsory schooling as a vehicle for an authoritarian society was widely discussed, but as this problem has gotten worse, it is seldom discussed.

The nature of most classrooms, regardless of the subject matter, socializes students to be passive and directed by others, to follow orders, to take seriously the rewards and punishments of authorities, to pretend to care about things they don’t care about, and that they are impotent to affect their situation. A teacher can lecture about democracy, but schools are essentially undemocratic places, and so democracy is not what is instilled in students. Jonathan Kozol in The Night Is Dark and I Am Far from Home focused on how school breaks us from courageous actions. Kozol explains how our schools teach us a kind of “inert concern” in which “caring”—in and of itself and without risking the consequences of actual action—is considered “ethical.” School teaches us that we are “moral and mature” if we politely assert our concerns, but the essence of school—its demand for compliance—teaches us not to act in a friction-causing manner.

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Alice Walker’s Definition of a “Womanist” from In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose Copyright 1983.

WOMANIST
1. From womanish. (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to…

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Given that this has been the toughest week yet….and that it has been insane at work….today I feel I experienced the epitome of school social work social justice work. Today a student that I work with came and sought me out in regards to her friend whom had threatened to hurt herself. I was able to talk to her and and connect her to the appropriate services. It was amazing to come to the realization of the impact that school social work can serve. Given all the other bs I have had to go through this week. 1. This makes me realize that my life needs to be as drama stress free as possible because the less healthy I am the less effective I am able to be. Which pushes me to try to keep my life as balance drama free as possible( this is a hard still I’m process). 2. This reminds me of the deep conversations I had in Grad school with my best teacher ever in regards to school social work and the crucial importance of this work in schools. If the role of a social worker was not there then who would students feel comfortable in telling things such as what I found out today….the struggle is too real and being at the margins of social justice work is no joke…..#laluchacontinuasiempre

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Today was one of the toughest days yet….the loss of a staff member at my school….I want to dedicate a longer more worthy post in memory of mr. Nieto..,..but my take away has been “If there is no struggle, there is no progress” #blackANdBRoWNbodiesmatter #restinpowersir

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I am in the end of my first year as school social worker….much needed break because knows I sure needed….the weeks coming to winter break were the toughest ones yet….and boy was I drained and burnt out….over break I went to cali it was AmAZING! to say the least it was my first time in the bay and I loved it……it was a much needed break to my everyday struggle in trying to survive in resistance both at home and at work. The weather is Definitely just worth living there….soon after coming back…

Then Chiberia winter hit and we have been off for an added two days….now I am preparing to go back tomorrow. Bye bye fb wasting and sleeping in….back to the hard work to continue to try to survive in resistance…I am a bit afraid and quite honest not feeling quite totally prepared to go back as I did not get as much work as I wanted done and once I go back I know I will be bombarded with a million other things to do added to the things I already wanted to do…..the realities of social work are dire and truth…I am still struggling to try to find a balance in my life and try to maintain my sanity in the midst of the many demands of being a lone social worker in a school….

I hope I can gain continued strength and courage to serve my community justly and fairly…and navigate such a oppressive systems that impact me and my community <3 #hastalavictoriasiempre 

I need to listen to Gloria: “Though we tremble before uncertain futures
may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength
may we dance in the face of our fears.” Dancing is something I need to continue to do for my own survival! 

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50 PRIVILEGES I HAVE AS A MINORITY

maxamillionracism:

Some people say I have “Minority Privilege.” Here is a list I complied of my 50 Black Male Minority Privileges in the 24 years of my life. You can choose from the ones you would like to possibly incorporate. There is enough to go around for everyone.

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My Black Male Minority Privilege

  1. My…

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youngist:

by Suey Park

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I met Dr. David Leonard, Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, on Twitter shortly after my initial critique of Tim Wise. I was pleased to discover that there existed another white man who was not marketing himself as an anti-racist, but instead doing the work with people of color, while learning from them and taking after their direction.

Dr. Leonard was gracious enough to collaborate with me on this piece when I was just starting to freelance and has been generous in his teaching. I was most moved by Leonard’s work to spread awareness on Marissa Alexander’s case, which was ignored by both white feminism and so-called anti-racists.

SP: As you know, the concept of the white anti-racist or white ally has been put into question. Why do you think this is? Are these words oxymorons? What is a better word?

DL: I don’t like either of these terms for a variety of reasons. 

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