Responses to the Whitopia Ted Talk
I learned that most of us don't even know what "civics" means. To be honest, I didn't know what it meant until this unit. I learned from Ms. Washington that many people only know the basics of their constitutional rights but not how to empower those rights. Since I've been in Ms. Visconti's class, I've learned more knowledge than in any other class I've had in my life.
In the Power Circle I learned that students feel "The Declaration of Independence" doesn't apply to minorities as much as it does to those born into power and privilege. We need to implement amendments to the constitution as society evolves.
Many students in the Power Circle felt that the common core needs to add classes like American Mosaic. Our school focuses too much on A-G even though 60% of us don't go to a four year college. We need more vocational classes and less stress over common core.
I learned that even when there are not racists in whitopia it causes racism. This happens through something called separatism. White flight communities want to separate themselves from different cultures and ethnicities for non-racist reasons, but it result in racist outcomes. Consequently, these separatists feed the fire of xenophobia. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal." Apparently "all men" means protestant white males.
So far I've learned how social justice cannot be excited without a redistribution of power. Power must be shared across the different social structures. As humans we are always afraid of change and foreigners. we naturally label people as "the other" and not "the self." We don't ascertain a life after our own; instead, we focus on our ego and our identity and how we can imprint a legacy for ourselves on society. In order for social justice to occur, we must put aside our ego and unite for the betterment of mankind. We must be pro-freedom, pro-love, pro-human. Real change cannot exist unless we empower the youth of today. Death is unavoidable and it becomes a tragedy when the life preceding was never given a voice.