Prompt Critical Reflection 3: Color- Blind Racism & Intersectionality

Julia Van Der Ryn | Feb 7  | Source

Readings: Another Kind of Public Education, “Social Blackness, Honorary Whiteness” and “The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration

“Once human beings are defined as the problem in the public consciousness, their elimination through deportation, incarceration or even genocide becomes nearly inevitable. . . Fortunately, a growing number of scholars and activists have begun to connect the dots between mass incarceration and mass deportation in our nation’s history and current politics.” (Michelle Alexander).
“Understanding the dynamics of racism as a system of power in a theoretical way sets the stage for developing pragmatic strategies for practicing resistance and catalyzing change(Collins, 44).
“The significant impact of powerful ideas such as the myth of color blindness lies in its ability to frame how we see the social relations around us” (Collins, 74).

What? Both Collins and Alexander provide historical contexts, facts and critical analyses of racism as a system of power and it’s impact on people of color. Collins focuses on education and intersecting structural injustices (health, housing, poverty) and Alexander focuses on the parallels and intersections of mass incarceration and the criminalization of immigration (crimmigration) and mass deportation.

There is a lot to delve into, so pick and discuss the points that you find most relevant to you, your community partner, class themes — whatever connections you think are relevant (and of course that interest you). >Read More

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