Blog #4

Why do we need to have these conversations about race?  What can we do to shift the tides towards justice and change?  How can we connect to make our projects matter in the world outside our classroom?

I feel that we should have these conversations about race because it is essential with the world today because there's many different diversities out there, and we should all be able to have an understanding of that, yes your race or ethnicity may be different than others, but we're all people and we need to come together. Without these conversations, I probably wouldn't really think about race or ethnicity in the way that this class brings it out of me. I realize that there's so much more to just the term race or just the term ethnicity. So many things can come from that which brings me to the next question about justice and change. Race and Ethnicity can be used against people, which in entail causes problems in the world today. I think what we can do to shift the tides towards justice and change is really just let people know what's going on, all these racial issues out there need to be taken serious. I think we can make these shifts by presenting our information in a way that would really get our audience and even outsiders to see that there's so much more than to just what a person is other than their race or ethnicity. If people are able to really see the problems that come from within those two words, maybe that can make a change because I personally believe that some people may not want too, but once they see another persons experience or hardships, it may trigger something in their brain to say, "You know what? This should not be occurring, there should be no reason why there is any injustice within all races and ethnicity". As a whole we need to come together and really put forth vital information in such a way that the audience will change the way they feel about what's going on. I know for my own self, I may not believe something until the facts are proven to me, (which can also include personal experiences) Just by hearing a person's story who's really been through a lot, it can really change a persons outlook and get them to understand what the issue really is at hand and what do we need to do to change that. I believe that this can definitely help. I think we can connect our projects to many websites, articles, youtube videos etc, basically anything that can possibly break the internet and get a ton of viewers. That can be a first step and than hopefully can bring forth a movement to get these ideas flowing in our audience's heads. If we present vital, and interesting information, it's only going to attract more and more audience and it's how you spread the word in which we as a group can change and make these issues matter to the world today.

How Can We Make What We Do Matter?

          It is important to have all these conversations about race because we get to learn more about ourselves and our classmates. So many of us don't understand each other, have misconceptions or questions or are too afraid to speak up to become more knowledgeable. This class creates an open, judgement-free environment where we can be ourselves. Almost all of us have shared these incredibly personal stories that allows us to reflect and bond. I have said on occasion that when we allow others to get a better look at who we are and what we have gone through as individuals, it strikes a chord. These stories allow the emergence of empathy, sympathy, understanding and action. 

Right now, social media is the big connecting factor among the world. In order for us to make what we do matter, I believe that incorporating as much social media and technology as possible will be advantageous.

Blog # 4

There are countless of reasons why we need to have these conversations about race, but the main one that came to my mind was because of our future generations. Our children, grandchildren and so on, are the voice of tomorrow; it is hugely important for them to know about race for them to build their identity and also to know how to not hurt others with stereotypes that are still going on today. We must teach them not say hurtful things, to be mindful about what they say because it might hurt others.
I think that although the lesson starts at home it is important to have these conversations with members of every community you belong to. We can teach our children at home about their race and ethnicity and about how to talk to others about it but if when they are not at home they encounter racial comments as if they are okay, then they will learn that certain comments are okay elsewhere but just not at home. With home training and having the same conversations with all the communities we belong to, that could be a way I believe that can help when children are exposed to conversations about race or even racial comments.

As I was thinking about how we can make our class project matter outside our classroom, I thought that the use of social media platforms could be a great tool. By posting whatever we end up making online this can grab others’ attention. By also linking these projects to our twitter accounts we can receive feedback and attention from our followers. We could think about Google chatting with other scholars and posting that also on our twitter accounts.  

Blog #4 Reaching Others

Every week I am moved by the honesty of my classmate's stories shared either through their blogs or "share outs" in class. I mentioned last week how I really haven't had many moments in my life where I felt singled out negatively for who I am, and that the few times I have really sucked. Those moments made me feel small or angry. Being looked at, judged, valued or not, based on one's race or ethnicity day in and day out, and to constantly feel that small or angry feeling that I have felt only a few times in my life, must be challenging. Sharing is powerful. It creates awareness and knowledge. I'm sure there are many people in our school community who would want to share their stories and bring about awareness to the important issues we have been discussing. Is there a way for us to create a safe place for people to do so????

We are definitely not alone. There are other classrooms on many other college campuses where important conversations like ours are taking place. There is advocacy happening. How can we join in the conversation is the question? How do we get our voices heard? One way can be through the use of social media. Social media is lie a living-breathing entity. Everybody uses it. Think about all of the resources we have been finding and sharing in class. How can we open this up so more people are aware of our work?

  One really cool place in the cyber-world I stumbled across was a Facebook page that is raising awareness about microaggressions in our society: The Microaggressions Project (check it out). This made me think that maybe we could create our own group page and share it out to all of our FB friends and watch it explode. We can update items that we find even after our semester is over. It is an easy and connected way to allow us to keep doing this work and get our voices heard even when we are no longer together on a regular weekly basis. 

Blog #4

Why do we need to have these conversations about race?
I guess because conversation should help us hear and understand other people with backgrounds and views different from our own. Conversation should ideally be a place where both sides are able to be heard, not just a place where one agenda overshadows any other.
 What can we do to shift the tides towards justice and change?
Idk. It seems that history repeats itself over and over and people tend to have very short attention spans.
How can we connect to make our projects matter in the world outside our classroom?
It seems that twitter and blogging are a way to connect with people outside our classroom, although there are so many tweets and so many blogs, it is hard  to be sure that it will matter in the long-term. I am sorry...I am just so cynical....