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the-seaward asked: Hi, Gradient lair. I want to bring up the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to my class to show them what Police terrorism against black communities looks like, but I also don't want to contribute to this fetishized consumption of black death. Are there ways to make sure I avoid this consumption. Or is my act of discussing this In itself consumption of black death
Hi. If you aren’t Black then it will somewhat always be consumption and distant for you. However, it doesn’t have to be taught in a purposely harmful way. You don’t have to spread the actual images of the bodies of Eric Garner and Michael Brown if their families do not want that. If people have to consume the image of the corpse to care, they didn’t care before. That dehumanization is tied into why those men are dead, ties into the same anti-Blackness.
You can (with permission) share the words of Black people on this topic versus centering White journalists or “allies” who are mostly plagiarizing right now, especially on Twitter (as usual), and some are even antagonizing Black people and gaslighting. You can center the experiences and words directly from the families as some content is available from them online. You can make sure that the distance that non-Black people experience from anti-Blackness is not one where they are either gonna co-opt the experience (with “all PoC!” kinda statements, if not applicable) or engage in violence through paternalism, the politics of respectability, victim blaming or other emotional abuse through false equalization.
I can’t tell you how to teach your class. But unless Black humanity is centered over consumption, sensationalism, false equalization, ahistorical analysis, White “ally” centering, non-Black “expert” centering, incorrect grouping as “all PoC,” then yeah, you will contribute to the fetishized consumption of Black death. Since you’re a teacher, maybe see how Black teachers at your institution (if they exist) are approaching the topic and conference with them, or do group lectures where you kinda fall back and let those Black teachers lead and speak if you are not Black.
Main thing, CENTER the people who experience the topic you teach.
And don’t leave out BLACK WOMEN, BLACK LGBTQIA PEOPLE in general, BLACK TRANS WOMEN and BLACK SEX WORKERS specifically. If you’re gonna discuss “Black communities” then it means you accept that Black people are not all cishet Black men and that this violence impacts all Black people because of anti-Blackness, even if these particular cases receive less media focus or support.
Hope this helps; take care.
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