Don’t let the social justice momentum stop here or next month. Think on how to keep it in motion — and then do something.
PS I’ve been picking up mentions and questions about #NAWD 2016 in social media streams. What are your thoughts, ideas about that? The day (or week) would definitely be DIY (+ DIYW) and write your your script. Personally, if it does happen, I would fold #nawd2 into a broader call for social justice awareness.
Additionally many educators no longer feel a sense of responsibility for engaging difficult questions because educational institutions reward them for avoiding controversy and confirming the status quo.
The Answer is Not at the Back of the Book, Seneca Vaught
19 January 2016. It is the day after the official holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and MLK’s actual birthday—a span of days blanketed with tributes as well as every conceivable way one man’s words and legacy can be twisted to suit a need.
MLK Day 2016 passed in the wake of #ReclaimMLK, #BlackLivesMatter, and
#OscarsSoWhite (just to note a few), and now we walk and talk through the days before Black History Month.
MLK Day and Black History Month are mostly so much tokenism and appropriation—or better phrased misappropriation.
As the #ReclaimMLK movement has emphasized, MLK has become a whitewashed martyr, a passive radical serving the purposes of the privileged.
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