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.
No. All “opinions” are not valuable. No “opinions” are neutral or accurate solely because they’re wrapped in clichés, benevolence, affirmations, platitudes or theism.
Regardless of your own identity, if it is your “opinion” that racism and anti-Blackness “go both ways” then you are historically,…
A man admittedly followed and killed an innocent teenager, and was declared not guilty.
States are passing laws allowing guns in public schools.
Women are losing their reproductive rights at an increasingly alarming rate.
Riots are tearing through the streets in cities all over the world.
College tuition keeps rising, sending a generation into debt as soon as they are entering the adult world.
Education funds keep getting slashed.
Privacy no longer exists.
Corporations now have the same rights as people, and the funds to actually protect them.
Through loopholes, many U.S. Corporations pay a lower tax rate than middle class families.
States are now passing more voter ID laws and similar laws that only affect the lower class.
The corporate giant, Monsanto, has pretty much purchased and bribed its way into every grocery product on the shelf, resulting in food becoming less and less like, well, food. There are reasons Cancer rates are getting worse.
Likewise, Monsanto is making sure small American farmers are ran out of business. Also, their constant pesticide use is killing bees and other insects, causing dire environmental issues.
The mass media is more concerned with pop culture and trends, than the real issues the world is facing.
Human population is ever growing, and at rapid rates. It can’t just continue this way.
We have put so much trash in giant landfills all over our world and in our oceans. We are killing our planet.
By planet you mean we are killing ourselves.
Can we also pay attention to the fact that there aren’t just political problems going on???
I mean, seriously, I have been trying to tell everyone, BUT NO ONE IS EVEN REBLOGGING THE ARTICLES THAT COULD SAVE A LIFE
While all this is happening, the Pacific Ocean is being contaminated by not just trash, but Radiation.
There was a leak in the Fukushima power plant that has now poisoned the entire Pacific Ocean.
Some think that oh, maybe it will go away with time. Sure, it will, in about 16 million years. Yes, you read that right. Due to the long half life of iodine-129, the whole ecosystem of the Pacific Coast will be contaminated pretty much forever.
Here is the radiation levels in the ocean.
Everyone needs to wake up.
The government needs to be set straight. They were hiding this information so that people don’t panic. Well, now everyone’s gonna die and not know why.
Shit is going down, and we need to make sure EVERYONE knows EVERYTHING that is happening in this place we call home.
Holy fucking shit
fukushima is one of the scariest things going on and it’s literally getting less attention than that real houswives couple who are going to prison.
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The shittiest thing about our government is that literally EVERY issue has become political fodder. I can almost guarantee that Fukishima isn’t getting any news not because they don’t want people to panic, but because neither side is going to gain any political power or any votes by talking about it. It can’t help their political agendas, or gain them any power, so why bother with it?
(Goofy side note: some people who are allergic to fish or shellfish can actually eat it if it’s irradiated — my dad had a friend who that was true of. I mean, it’s not healthy, but since we’re all going to die or radiation poisoning and cancer anyways, may as well enjoy a nice a lobster. :P)