Tracine Asberry, an African-American school board member and a former teacher in Minneapolis, says it’s natural to teach who you are. But if you come from a privileged background and don’t believe in the struggles faced by many people of color, your opinions can alienate a lot of kids.
"As teachers, teaching students who have different realities, we have to be aware of those things. We can’t just be aware of them. We have to be comfortable so that we can have the conversation, and then encourage our students to feel comfortable to have those conversations in our classroom."
Asberry believes one way to close the achievement gap is to close the teacher gap. For some students of color, she says, the key might be as simple as making sure the person leading the classroom looks like them.
Cross-race connections should be a mandatory initiative in all schools that serve students of color. Point blank.
Prudence Carter focuses fresh attention on the clash that occurs between dominant cultural expectations for achievement in school and the cultural styles of students from nondominant cultural backgrounds. She shows us how the variability in school engagement patterns among low-income black and Latino youth are influenced by their varying ideologies about their social identities and how best to deploy these identities in their response to the social inequities they encounter in school.
She provides an important counter to the oversubscribed-to notion that African-American and Latino youth do poorly in school because they equate school success with “acting white.” Rather, for the young people in Carter’s study, academic engagement (or disengagement) was connected to their ideologies about how to negotiate the cultural borders that existed between their community and school worlds.
A book I currently own and love
Its weird when people reuse things because of the whole bohemian trend. I know sustainable living is a thing but it trips me out how in one context, carrying mason jars to class to reuse as a cup is celebrated, while in another context its an example of how people in poverty have to become innovative.
Stuff you would get made fun of for in High School are now the thing everyone does, to the point that people spend EXTRA money just for the bohemian aesthetic.
I just find it all… interesting…
Basically white men who go around to random countries and judging their food through the most western lens possible.
Shows like Bizarre Foods (which I’ve watched for years honestly, just because I’m weird and like to watch people eat food…) is actually really condescending. The host, Andrew, just goes around and either mocks the people for the strange food that they eat, or act like him eating the food is the stamp of approval. It doesn’t matter that the fact that an entire country/culture is built off of these food staples - they’re already marked “bizarre” by the show title. Or he’ll go to a family’s house that doesn’t speak English and awkwardly eat their food/have condescending commentary on the food they eat on a daily basis. OR he will literally tell people to their face how foul/disgusting/not good something is. But he’d say “but I defend your right to eat it!” a if that erases the stigma you placed on their way of life.
No reservations with Anthony Bourdain: I’ve actually haven’t seen this for too long, but i still find it interesting. He goes to other countries and comments on their food as if his stamp of approval is needed. Don’t get me wrong, I bet the families, markets, restaurants that feature these shows get much needed exposure and business because of it. I’VE been to a restaurant just because I saw it on travel channel (man vs food) BUUTTT that doesn’t mean I can’t comment on the context. There was one episode where Anthony Bourdain was on Columbia and was amazed at how GREAT the food was. And was telling this one restaurant how their food is so amazing. Maybe it’s because I live on Texas and know Colombians and know S. American food is amazing - but I was just like “well… Duh columbian food is good as hell”. But I couldn’t help but notice how these places aren’t recognized has true culinary hot spots until *certain people* validate their existence.
Man vs. Food: just makes me want to eat everything…Edit: except when I see him eat peppers. Like, my family keeps habanero peppers in the freezer and he *literally* regards them as grenades … #nigerianproblems
The Concept of Cultural Hegemony: Problems and Possibilities
T. J. Jackson Lears
So i’m a huge fan of Melissa Harris Perry so I find any excuse to post about her as much as possible. Well right now she’s on twitter having a conversation with her Tulane students about the book Reality Bites Back.
You can either go to her twitter or just check out the #realitybitesback hasttag to track the conversation.
A summary of Reality Bites Back (from amazon):
Nearly every night on every major network, “unscripted” (but carefully crafted) “reality” TV shows routinely glorify retrograde stereotypes that most people would assume got left behind 35 years ago. In Reality Bites Back, media critic Jennifer L. Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff. She deconstructs reality TV’s twisted fairytales to demonstrate that far from being simple “guilty pleasures,” these programs are actually guilty of fomenting gender-war ideology and significantly affecting the intellectual and political development of this generation’s young viewers. She lays out the cultural biases promoted by reality TV about gender, race, class, sexuality, and consumerism, and explores how those biases shape and reflect our cultural perceptions of who we are, what we’re valued for, and what we should view as “our place” in society. Smart and informative, Reality Bites Back arms readers with the tools they need to understand and challenge the stereotypes reality TV reinforces and, ultimately, to demand accountability from the corporations responsible for this contemporary cultural attack on three decades of feminist progress.
Robert Blauner “On Racial Oppression” - 1972
In response to your cultural appropriation question from earlier, do you think that disrespecting and commodifying a culture includes, for example: a person of non-Native American heritage wearing feathers, navajo prints, headresses etc. I have heard very vague and some what, for lack of a better word, pretensions arguments.
personally, I like to look at how we commodify things on a more whole - systematic level. I find it more interesting to look at how corporations just say “hmm… this is a trend, lets just make millions of dollars copying this trend of native styles and patterns. I’ll sell it by mislabeling these random brands with the names of actual tribes driven out of their homeland by American settlers.” I get this image of the American Dream literally coming out and rubbing all their privileged wealth into the faces of the natives in the wake of all that were done so disrespectfully by America.
IDK I think its obnoxious for these kids to be all “omg what’s your spirit animal?!” But I hate that this carefree white lifestyle is just marketed and perpetuated by clothing companies. Its so weird learning about cultural appropriation and then walking into Clairs with my little sister to see brand new sections showing off Navajo styles and what-not.
I don’t know if i’m actually articulating why this annoys me so much - but it just does. But these “carefree all american” lifestyles advertised in fashion lately have been getting under my skin, and adding this native american ignorant appropriation to the equation just adds to the irritation.