Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CLASSROOM OF LIFE, dawg



At 17, Tupac was one of the realest humans out there. The sentiments he had at 17 echo truths even to today. I believe truly "changing the system" starts with a fair education. What's a fair education? On the back of my previous post, let's start by teaching history of actual people and not just history written by the victors who continue to dominate smelly history textbooks celebrating the same Euro centric romanticized imperialist/capitalist agenda for the last several decades. As long as the educational system is superficial enough to celebrate days like Martin Luther King Jr Day without a mandatory curriculum addressing present day issues of why America needed leaders like MLK in the first place, how can we hope to change anything? If change begins with thought, and people aren't being continually challenged to think in a supportive setting(school), how can we hope for a different solution? 



To speak and teach of the past is one thing because the experience and understanding is relative. The power and energy of an era is physically distant from how we experience things in the present. In this generation, we are only separated by one or two generations who have truly experienced the turmoil, the struggle of outright institutionalized racism, sexism, and every other kind of -ism they invented a present day liberal college course about. And sadly one day they won't be here to be that connector for those of us who didn't experience it first hand. They won't be here to be a voice to neither contradict or support our textbooks.

Until the way we learn about our own history, ourselves, and the history of our governments and understanding of how they truly formed- at the expense of who, and how it is all interconnected to the present, it's hard to believe anything will truly be challenged or changed. What is one or two day's worth of classes where you finally talk about how pissed off or disappointed you are at the Mike Brown's verdict really going to do for America? When shit hits the fan and tensions are high, this is the only physical time that it is appropriate to talk about race in America? I'm not a psychologist but it sounds like it could be one of the worst times.

Apparently knowledge is something that is attained throughout the course of one's life, and I guess the point is you can't expect the government to teach you or your children things that will piss everyone off. But then I guess it doesn't come as a surprise that in America's true capitalist spirit, no matter what happens, it's business as usual. There's always money in the medicine and none in the cure. Please insert disease of terminal nature to complete this metaphor of racism in America.

Monday, November 24, 2014


I'm grateful for going to Wash HS in San Francisco and having the opportunity to have a history teacher like Ms.Camijani (?) who taught out of "A Peoples History of the United States" and being in a school that allowed it. It's probably one of the only classes I bothered to not cut.


Thanks to Melissa for posting this on FB.