1) The Ferguson Syllabus:
As I read through the 8 articles on the Ferguson Syllabus, I though about what each of them implicated and what affect they had on my view of the interaction in Ferguson this summer. I think of my self as someone who is aware of what is happening in the world. I try to keep up with world and US news. So this summer when Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth was shot by a white police officer, I thought it would be another event like Trayvon Martin. But this time I think it is different. This time their have been riots and protests bigger then anything since the Rodney King riots of 1992. I reviewed a few articles but I returned to the first article by Victor Rios, "Stealing a bag of Potato Chips and other Crimes of Resistance." As I read this article I thought about Delpit and Johnson. Were the two boys in this article trying to find umbrellas to make it in the culture of power, were they trying to break the culture of power, or were they just trying to get by? Rios says "In feeling excluded from a network of positive credentials, education, and employment opportunities, young people develop creative responses that provide them with the necessary tools to survive in an environment where they have been left behind and where they are consistently criminalized." (pg 50) These boys don't even have access to the lowest rungs in the culture of power.
"The boys had grown up in an environment which had deprived them of the social and cultural capital they needed to progress in school and the labor market. Therefore, they developed their own alternative social and cultural capital, which they used to survive poverty, persist in a violent and punitive social ecology, prevent violence, avoid incarceration, and attempt to fit into mainstream institutions." (pg 49)
2) Armstong and Wildman- Colorblindness
pg. 68 "Color insight recognizes that a racial status quo exists in which society attributes race to each member. Whereas colorblindness urges us not to notice race, color insight says, "do not be afraid; notice your race and the race of others around you; racism and privilege still do affect peoples' lives, learn more about the racial dynamic."
I think that this quote really embodies what I got from this article. I think that if we are ever to improve the disparity with in the culture of power then we need to put the issue on the table and discusses it opening with all parties involved. I really enjoyed how this article actually had some concrete ways to bring these issues into the classroom and how to start the conversation. pg 68 The Racial Observation Exercise. I went in search of other people who had messages that went along with this theme of color insight. Mellody Hobson is an American businesswoman who is the current Chairman of Dreamworks Animation, and she is black. She spoke in March of 2014 on the topic of Color blind or Color Brave. I really enjoyed how she backed up her position with valid points of personal experience but also true statistics in this current day.
A Linguistic Celebrations - a great Spoken Word by Jamila Lyiscott about the 3 languages she speaks. This more ties into last week but I enjoyed it, and thought I would share.