Sometimes I get super scared of talking about race around white people. I shouldn't feel that way about something that effects me so much. I wonder if this is a mechanism to silence poc who are not quiet about racial injustice? It could be other things to but I often find myself thinking about this.
You’re absolutely correct, it’s often used as a mechanism to silence POC. I’d be lying to you if I told you that I knew how discuss racial injustice with white people, I don’t. Everyday, I’m trying to figure this out but unfortunately I’m failing. What’s interesting is white people are more comfortable hearing about racial injustice from other white people than from POC.
If we talk about racial injustice = we’re lying, anti-white, and bitter.
If other whites talk about racial injustice = whites begin to believe that racial injustices exist.
I have been struggling with how to do the work many of us call ‘Social Justice.’ I understand the why - at least I believe I do. I am on a journey to understand my role in changing the world, which is no doubt a privilege. It has taken some time to get over the fear of doing the work correctly and instead operate from the heart - continuously challenging my perspective.
As I began to engage this work in a healthier manner, I noticed patterns of bad habits that educators exhibit while being change agents. These habits, in the name of justice and equity, get in the way of making authentic, strategic, and sustaining change. Below are ten counterproductive behaviors of Social Justice educators, all explored from the unique intersections of my privileged and oppressed lens.
Let me first hold myself accountable:
I’m guilty of numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8. I must do better and I am thankful and grateful that 3, 5, 9 and 10 don’t, I think, apply to me. That means there is already some growth even through there’s more growing for me to do.
An attorney for the Ohio man’s family, who was allowed to see surveillance video of the Aug. 5 incident, claims that the young father was leaning on the pellet gun and talking on the phone, with his back toward officers, when he was ‘shot on sight.’
Do you think that when black people are assailed or murdered by police officers, video evidence that contradicts police testimony matters?
Or do you think that America is so afraid of black people and black skin is such a mark of sin and transgression in American culture, any magical reasoning provided by the police will be sufficient in justifying their brutality against black people?
A video showing the arrest of a black St. Paul man for allegedly sitting in a public space and refusing to give up his name surfaced yesterday, Aug. 26 — only weeks after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri re-sparked the national debate on race and police profiling.
The video, shot by the man’s cellphone, shows his interaction with officers as he attempts to pick up his children from New Horizon Academy in downtown St. Paul. As the officers force the man to put his hands behind his back, he drops his phone and the video goes black, but the audio continues and we hear the man crying for help and proclaiming that his kids are watching. Both officers in the video are white.
Is it ever too late to pursue a career in media? Or rather, is it difficult to transition into journalism after working in another industry?
Every job I’ve applied for has wanted to see my writing samples. I don’t think it comes with an age limit - but you do have to have a portfolio of some kind, I think, if you’re looking for an editorial position.