Class, Race, & Education: 6 Articles I’ve Been Reading This Week

From The Guardian: Evicted By Mathew Desmond: What If The Problem Of Poverty is That It’s Profitable To Other People?

“There is an enormous amount of pain and poverty in this rich land…What if the dominant discourse on poverty is just wrong? What if the problem isn’t that poor people have bad morals – that they’re lazy and impulsive and irresponsible and have no family values – or that they lack the skills and smarts to fit in with our shiny 21st-century economy?

What if the problem is that poverty is profitable?”

From Blavity: Bomani Jones Just Won The Internet After Wearing “Caucasian Shirt On ESPN

“Jones decided to make some sartorial satire when he wore a shirt that said “Caucasian” across the front, with the face of a caucasian as the mascot. Wearing the shirt that mocks sports’ jersey caricatures of North American Indians, notably the Cleveland Indians (but we’re looking at you too Washington), this, no doubt, set off a lot of accidental (and on purpose) racists in the Twittersphere.”

From The New York Times: A Conversation with Asian-Americans On Race

“In this installment of our “Conversations on Race” series for Op-Docs, Asian-Americans talk about how stereotypes unfairly confine them — particularly the one that brands them a “model minority.” As the subjects of our film explain, this perception not only devalues the experiences of other racial minorities, but it also renders the diverse experiences of Asian-Americans invisible.”

From Philadelphia Print Works: Black Boys Need Two Talks

“Black boys need two talks, because all Black girls are at risk. They need one that teaches them about their own oppression, and one about how to avoid becoming oppressive. Black boys need a talk about what police need consent to do, and what Black boys need consent to do.

They need a talk about the problem with respectability politics — the false notion that how they present themselves affects how they deserve to be treated. And they need a talk about how not to use that same set of respectability standards on Black girls.”

From Medium: 8 Quotes of Educational Wisdom from Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed

“For Freire, education is never a neutral process, it is a political process. This political act can never be divorced from pedagogy. Education is specifically designed and taught to serve a political agenda. These ideas comprise tenets of critical pedagogy. “

From WordPress Discover: “To Learn: We Have To Be Social.”: Talking Twitter and Teaching With Tressie McMillan Cottom

“I believe that learning is inherently social. It relies on context and stories and negotiation of self and history and selves. We can come to know alone, but to learn we have to be social. If I cannot translate my research into praxis and my praxis into research then I don’t really know what I’m talking about.”


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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