social-justice-education

i’m tired

of explaining the difference between what is an opinion and what is a matter of wrong v. right. 

a woman decides what she wants to do with her body - not an opinion

everyone has a right to life - not an opinion

all lives are equal - not an opinion 

global warming exists - not an opinion

our planet is dying and we’re contributing to it - not an opinion

animals feel pain and there is no humane way to kill them - not an opinion 

Call-out culture and the fallacy of community accountability creates a disciplinary atmosphere in which people must adhere to a specific etiquette. Spaces then become accessible only to those who are familiar with, and able to express themselves with the proper language and adhere to the dominant customs. Participation in the discourse which shapes and directs this language and customs is mostly up to those who are able to spend too much time debating on activist blogs, or who are academics or professionals well versed in the dialect. As mentioned previously, the containment of radical discourse to the university further insulates the “activist bubble” and subcultural ghetto.

In addition to creating spaces that are alienating to those outside of our milieu, anti-oppression discourse, call-out culture, and the related “communities” leads activists to perceive themselves as an “enlightened” section of the class (largely composed of academics, students, professionals, etc. who have worked on their shit and checked their privilege) who are tasked with acting as missionaries to the ignorant and unclean masses. This anarchist separatist orientation is problematic for any who believe in the possibility of mass liberatory social movements that are capable of actually transforming society…

The retreat to subcultural bohemian enclaves and activist bubbles acknowledges that revolutionary change is impossible, and as a substitute offers a counterfeit new society in the here and now. We understand that such a proposition is appealing given the day-to-day indignity and suffering that is life under our current conditions, but time and time again we have seen these experiments implode on themselves. Capitalism simply does not offer a way out and we must face this reality as the rest of the class that we are a part of faces it everyday. No amount of call-outs or privilege checking will make us into individuals untainted by the violent social relationships that permeate our reality.

—  With Allies Like These: Reflections on Privilege Reductionism, Common Cause Ottawa

They oughta make intro to sociology a high school requirement. It’s amazing how many perfectly intelligent people there are out there with absolutely no concept of group dynamics. I’m so tired of having to explain how socialization works. How social structures work. How brain plasticity works. There are so many concepts that are essential to a productive discussion about oppression and so many people just missed the memo! I feel like a broken record, always explaining the same things to people, over and over.

rincewindtheeternal  asked:

Do you think non mlm lgbtq people can fetishize mlm?

this is a semi short answer bc I consider this a screaming blog rather than an proper social justice / educational blog but this is still a topic important to me

if you’re not mlm and you’re attracted to men and your main reasons behind interest in mlm or creating/enjoying content of mlm are related to your aesthetic/romantic/sexual attraction to men, and/or because gay guys are “cute”/“hot”, then yes (especially obvious when the mlm in question are conventionally attractive, cis, white, etc)

if you aren’t mlm and you’re attracted to men and your reasons behind interest in mlm or creating/enjoying mlm content are Really Actually Truly because you’re also queer and relating your own queer experience to others or to characters and stories, and you’re Really Actually Truly seeing mlm as people and NOT as aesthetic/dramatic/romantic/sexual objects, then no

“lgbtq” refers to a very wide variety of people and experiences. there’s no all encompassing free pass on this, people just need to be self aware and really honestly evaluate their interest, where it’s coming from, and how it manifests (this doesn’t just apply to fetishization/objectification of mlm)

you can still perpetuate the culture of mlm objectification and fetishization even if you’re queer.

I just saw a post that said “white people shouldn’t write about being poc and straight people shouldn’t write about being lgbtqia and people who don’t have disabilities shouldn’t write about living with disabilities” and like…okay listen, I understand that perspective is important, but unless you’re saying you think no straight white abled person is allowed to be a writer at all (which I hope you’re not, but this is tumblr so who knows), what you are in fact doing is…telling people to keep diverse representation out of their work? and you’re calling it social justice?

encourage people to educate themselves before and while they write. encourage them to have diverse beta readers/editors who’ll call them on their shit. remind them that they probably don’t have perspective on a lot of issues and they need to do everything they can to alleviate that just like they’d do research if they had to include details of a professional culture they didn’t have personal knowledge of.

but jeez, do not literally tell people to only put straight white abled folks in their books. that’s the most counterproductive thing you could possibly say.

Who We Are

We are from Mumbai’s red-light area.

We are daughters of sex workers.

We are girls who were trafficked.

We are survivors.

We are young women with big plans and big dreams.

We are leaders.

We are agents of change.

Kranti means “Revolution” in Hindi – and we are the Revolutionaries!

What We Do

Kranti is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that empowers girls from Mumbai’s red-light areas to become agents of social change. Kranti believes that, when girls like us have access to the same education, training, and opportunities as people from privileged backgrounds, we can become exceptional leaders.

Our backgrounds give us added value as leaders and agents of social change because we’ve had to develop innovativeness, compassion, and resilience in the face of marginalization and discrimination. By combining our experiences with the support, opportunities, and confidence Kranti gives us, we can revolutionize not only our own lives, but also our community, the people around us, and all of India. Look out world – here come the Revolutionaries!

How We Get There

Therapy: Because change starts from within
At Kranti, we believe that the first and most important step of becoming a social change agent is learning to love oneself. All of the Revolutionaries have faced abuse, rape, and other types of violence, as well as the emotional and mental burden of coming from India’s most marginalized populations. To help us overcome society’s prejudice toward us, our mothers, and our community, Kranti offers many kinds of therapy, including art therapy, dance movement therapy, and cognitive based therapy.

Education: Because changing the world requires critical thinking as well as literacy
At Kranti, we believe the purpose of education is not to attain employment; it is to achieve empowerment and social change. We study in mainstream schools and open schools, and attend trainings with partner NGOs, including Swaraj, PWESCR, CREA, and Pravah. We are also free to design our own curriculum and measure our own progress.

Extracurricular: Because social change is led by well-rounded human beings
Each Revolutionary is required to take two extracurricular activities: one physical and one artistic. We’re learning everything from photography, drawing, singing, piano, and drums to karate and dance!

Social Justice: Because social change must be taught and learned
The Social Justice Curriculum covers 20 topics including caste, class, religion, environment, gender, sexuality, and women’s rights. Through a combination of workshops, documentaries, theatre, guest speakers, and field trips, we learn about the root causes of India’s biggest social justice problems, what the situation is today, and how we can help solve the problem. We even get to design and implement our own projects for each social justice unit.

Workshops and Theater: Because changing the world requires practice
We have led dozens of interactive workshops across India for over 15,000 people at schools, companies and NGOs; topics range from trafficking and sex work to gender equality and sexual abuse. We have also written a play about their lives, which we have performed in over 50 venues in India. By telling our stories, we’ve changed audiences’ mindsets about us, our moms, and our community.

Travel: Because you can’t change the world without seeing it first
Kranti takes between 3 and 5 trips each year, including an annual Himalayan trek in India, Nepal, or Bhutan. Traveling provides the opportunity to learn from various NGOs and to lead workshops around the country, as well as develop the confidence, grit, and resilience that can only come from traveling.

Something I’ve been thinking about a ton recently:

People invested in social change often use arguments of the form “you should do this or else you’re a bad person,” presumably because they think that this will motivate people to do it more effectively than arguments like “you should do this because here are all the ways it would make the world better,” or “you should do this because you would benefit from it yourself,” or others.

But in my experience as a writer and educator, this actually gets in the way because it paralyzes people. The thought of being A Bad Person looms so prominently in their minds that rather than reevaluating their opinions or behavior, they protest and get angry and resentful. The idea of being judged A Bad Person by someone they don’t even know makes them indignant, and that’s not a situation conducive to learning or social change.

That’s why I’ve largely been moving away from labeling people Good or Bad, both out loud and in my own thinking. Yes, sometimes it’s unavoidable to think that someone is A Bad Person, but I find that these thoughts *get in the way*. A Bad Person can be written off forever. A Bad Person can also be abused and treated cruelly with no ethical qualms, and you can probably see how this easily leads in a really bad direction. 

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

    I used this quote on a poster my sister and I made for a city-wide contest in the eighth grade. I remember, we decided to speak out about the issue of gang violence and I chose the quote the night before we submitted it. When we won the contest and I had to go on stage at City Hall something I held close was that quote. I tried to find why I chose it and how it resonated with me as an eighth grader. Now I know why – stopping injustice is something that is very important to me. Remembering Dr. King’s work pushes me as an Asian American woman and as a student activist to put the same passion into all of the work I do.

      Please take a moment tomorrow to remember his legacy. In the coming years we have so much work to do and it is not work to be done by a single community.. or as some say the people in the “inner-cities”, civil rights work is something we all take part in. 

theguardian.com
Arizona Republicans move to ban social justice courses and events at schools
Bill would prohibit courses and activities that promote ethnic studies and advocate ‘solidarity’ based on ethnicity, race, religion or gender
By Sam Levin

And these are the same asses who claim leftists are attacking free speech… Awful.

“Our students are terrified that their freedom of speech, their freedom of thought and their ability to learn about issues and think at a higher level is in jeopardy now,” he said. “The scariest part of this bill is that the impacts are so broad.”

I wish people would sober up a bit. The jig is up. People are poker chips; we are all poker chips. They put us in different piles according to our value, and craft scripts and game plans specified to the task of seducing the maximum number of people from each group into the cult; these creeps even change their accents when they speak around the country. These people don’t have the compassion you think they do, they just know we have compassion, and they play on that compassion in order to split us apart.

So reject the script! For Christ’s sake this is why race relations are so bad! This is why the wars never end. This is why schools are rotting. 

Why would anyone want more of this? Why are people asking and rationalizing for more of this? 

Another irony: In this particular case, this is proof that the party, which is most against racial profiling of any kind, is, essentially, profiling people in order to survive…because they definitely don’t have any good ideas.

IF WE ARE TO TEACH DIFFERENTLY, WE MUST THINK DIFFERENTLY. ~ BK, Blog Curator, Black American OURstory

  1. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, by bell hooks
  2. A Companion to the Study of History, by Michael Stanford
  3. Teaching for Social Justice, Edited by William Ayers, Jean Ann Hunt, & Therese Quinn
  4. The White Architects of Black Education: Ideology and Power in America, 1865-1954, by William H. Watkins
  5. Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, by Lisa Delpit
  6. Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century, by Howard Gardner
  7. On the Teaching & Writing of History, by Bernard Bailyn
  8. Awakening the Natural Genius of the Black Child, by Amos N. Wilson
  9. How to Study History, by Norman F. Cantor & Richard I. Schneider
  10. Testing African-American Students, Edited by Asa G. Hilliard, III
  11. Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks & Get Students Excited About Doing History, by James W. Loewen
  12. The Community Teacher: A New Framework for Effective Urban Teaching, by Peter C. Murrell, Jr.
  13. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past, by Sam Wineburg
  14. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen
  15. Making Their Mark: Educating African-American Children, A Bold New Plan for Educational Reform, by Dr. Israel Tribble, Jr.
  16. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, by bell hooks
Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow.
—  Writer H.G. Wells (1866 –1946)
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Milo Yiannopoulos, Steven Crowder and Christina Hoff Sommers at UMass   

Based Mom and Milo went out to the University of Massachusetts for The Triggering, a three way talk about political correctness going too far. Hysterical SJW children in the crowd spend the better part of an hour and a half proving them right.

If you’d told me 20 years ago I would be applauding a young Republican meeting because they are exclusively representing rationality, equality and freedom of speech, I would have believed you were suffering head trauma. But the present-day Left has truly gone insane, and until it puts its house in order, I will choose to listen only to people who deal in reason and reality, regardless of what side of the room they choose to sit.

It is so so so important to stay aware and educated about the social issues in the world around you. And that includes so many different topics. Not just in first world countries but third world countries too. Please educate yourself and spread awareness for the beautiful people and places in need in this world. We cannot solve these problems without discussing them, and learning about them.

How to introduce knowledge change

I’m tired of the call-out culture. What I want is conversations, seeing other people as full human beings even if you disagree with them, and meeting people where they are and loving them right there. Here are some educational psychology principles of helping others learn new things and change their minds!

1. Influence prior knowledge. Get to know what they think already.

2. Introduce alternative theories. Based on what they’re thinking already on a particular issue, begin to talk about what you believe.

3. Offer convincing evidence. Why is it that you believe what you believe?

4. Prompt deep processing of relevant information. What’s most interesting to them about what you were just saying? How do they see it applying to their lives?

Walk away understanding that you won’t be able to change each person’s mind. They have to do that themselves, and not everyone is willing to do so. That is okay.

Now you’ve had a conversation instead of a shouting match.