Tim Wise Takes On Critics of White Anti-Racists
Why am I disseminating news and writing analyses rather than fighting for social justice in person? (Rob Should Fight Poverty?!)
So as I was trying to figure out what I might be able to do to support the cause of social justice, I pretty quickly came to realize that my only two skills were writing and speaking. I’m a lousy fundraiser, a lousy administrator, awful with organizational details. So the question was, and is, how can I put these two skills to use? And what is the most accountable way to use the skills? And that’s a great question, which I know I haven’t figured out yet entirely. But to say that someone who plays this role (fundamentally as an educator) is a lone cowboy strikes me as odd. I mean, if I were a professor, I would be an educator. And I would write books, and articles, and potentially get attention in media too, but would people accuse me then of being a lone cowboy? Probably not. But what I do is not that different: I am an educator, it’s just that I don’t have a fixed classroom where I work three days a week. I have several “classrooms” so to speak, each week, where I speak to people about these matters.
The cantankerous cure
Australian philosopher Simon Longstaff says we need to question everything to heal our sick institutions.
By Gregory Rodriguez
And what does he suggest will get us out of this amnesic stupor? Dangerous ideas. Plausible yet discomfiting notions that force us to consciously ask why our institutions exist and what they should accomplish. He believes that we need to engage ideas that threaten us, threaten everything, in order to find out what we really believe and why.
For more on the subject, see William Means on Education and Why Does Rob Keep Criticizing?
Below: As one example, Indian mascots continue not because mascot lovers have superior arguments. They continue because most Americans haven't thought about them. Encouraging Americans to think about such issues is the first step toward addressing those issues.