This week's teach-in strives to correct three popular misconceptions about abolition and slavery. First, is the canard that abolition was a liberal movement led by white people to free the slaves. Another version of this same false narrative is the shibboleth that President Abraham Lincoln freed the enslaved peoples of the US. Lost in this mythology is the historical truth that … [Read more...] about Social Justice and Abolition #SoJustAbolition by @raindawgtao
#SaturdaySchool - Hosted by @ProfRagsdale
#SaturdaySchool started as a weekly hashtag chat about academics and rights-based issues — but it’s more than that. It’s an idea about protesting misinformation that is funded by corporate media and perpetuated by ignorance. #SaturdaySchool is a weekly digital teach-in intended to cross social media platforms. It doesn’t even have to happen on Saturday. A teach-in is a kind of protest that involves boycotting a previous behavior to learn and teach. That’s what #SaturdaySchool is all about.
We start 2018 with an art series because "art is essential to social justice resistance, education, expression, and so much more," says #SaturdaySchool founder @profRagsdale. Artists have adapted a special role in modern society that is grounded in imagination and creativity. Imagination is the central ingredient of learning and social change. Through art, we imagine what lies … [Read more...] about Art and Social Justice #SoJustArt by @raindawgtao
Our present century is notable for the scale of its disasters. Furthermore, scientific consensus predicts that mega-disasters like Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and Hurricane Harvey will grow even more intense as the millennium unfolds. As our planet warms, this change in the climate acts as an accelerant to storms that would otherwise be less intense. This climate … [Read more...] about Disasters and Social Justice #SoJustDisasters by @raindawgtao
They way we think about the past shapes our interpretation of the present. History--the stories we tell about ourselves--says a great deal about who is considered part of that story and the value of their roles. People who are left out of the story are made invisible, which leads leads to disenfranchisement and voicelessness in the present. For instance, the indispensable … [Read more...] about History and Social Justice #SoJustHistory By @raindawgtao
Internalized oppression occurs when the values of a dominant group are adopted by other groups who are kept in a subordinate position through violence and oppression. This cycle of violence and domination is the central problem of our culture. Capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, zenophobia, mysogyny and patriarchy are all toxic discourses that send negative … [Read more...] about Social Justice and Internalized Oppression #Internalized by @raindawgtao