Here’s what I’ve learned, and why I did it.
Best find of the day. And yes…yes, she does. #unabashedlyexcellent #blackglory
“It’s not trailblazing to write the world as it actually is. Women are smart and strong. They are not sex toys or damsels in distress.”
Hint: It’s not because they’re worse teachers. A new study says evaluations are biased against female faculty.
I am sharing this because the Cultural Competency class ends with a panel on privilege, privilege awareness, and some examples of how to use our privilege(s) constructively, for good, for social justice.
As an educator who believes in calling people in rather than calling them out, I sometimes hesitate to share articles that have a calling-out vibe/tone (see #3 in this article). At the same time, the message is worth sharing, and I also want to avoid tone-policing because as a relatively light skinned, “ambiguously ethnic” immigrant, I have many privileges. Perhaps had I spent a lifetime rather than half a lifetime in this country as a darker skinned person, I would be more curt in my tone, too, especially if I were a writer for an online journal and not a high school teacher.
Read on and let me know what you think in the comments section if you feel so moved. Oh, and this isn’t just for white folks; it’s also for anyone in dominant groups in terms of socioeconomic status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality/citizenship, age, ability/able bodiedness, religion,…etc.
I really don’t need to post anything else today. This speech is everything.
Read the whole comic here. (With thanks to Kelly P.)
Sexism goes both ways. Feminism helps both.
“Studies show that white people do, in fact, have a higher threshold for admitting that something constitutes racism, along with an inferior ability to identify structural racism. A recent study also found that being in a position of power makes people more likely to recognize that they are being treated unfairly. If the powerful or privileged recognize relatively more unfairness in their own lives, they’re likely to see relatively less unfairness in the lives of minorities.”
Read the entire article here: The Troubling Gap Between Awareness of Prejudice and Support for Action – Pacific Standard
tk: This is a thought-provoking article to consider re: our dominant group identities. Personally, it also helped me understand more about some people’s opinions on rioting and the criticism Black Lives Matter activists have recently received for taking direct action.