How do we teach our children about oppression without
depressing them? The discussion of this question gripped
everyone because we know that we can no longer shelter
them, and at the same time, we don’t want to depress or
frighten them into compliance, giving up or worse. Those
who profit from our misery will not stem the tide of Black
youth depression or suicide.
To answer this question, we presented snippets from one of
our courses. Remember? The first maximum: If you’re going
to teach about oppression, start with how we resisted it!
Second maximum: It’s not enough to simply say we resisted
it; you must dramatize our resistance. We even summarized
key elements to include in the resistance stories as we
critiqued the trailer from the movie 300.
Please apply these maximums as best you can now. Still,
what you learned is just the tip of the iceberg. Enroll in the
class for more instruction and support. Starting in
September, the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings we’ll begin
our learning and skill-building time. Oppression isn’t
waiting; why should you?
The course originally named The Economic Conundrum has
been amended with It Wasn’t a Massacre: The Real Black
Wall Street Story (Teaching Oppression Without
Depressing Our Youth).
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