2020-01-13 04:21:05 UTC
KABOOM! (This Is What President Trump Will be Running Against, Make No
JANUARY 12, 2020 / JACK MARSHALL
The above excerpt is from “Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key
Concepts in Social Justice Education” by Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo.
Apparently it has won awards, though I suspect not for what I would give it
an award for. Here’s the description:
This is the new edition of the award-winning guide to social justice
education. Based on the authors’ extensive experience in a range of settings
in the United States and Canada, the book addresses the most common
stumbling blocks to understanding social justice. This comprehensive
resource includes new features such as a chapter on intersectionality and
classism; discussion of contemporary activism (Black Lives Matter, Occupy,
and Idle No More); material on White Settler societies and colonialism;
pedagogical supports related to “common social patterns” and “vocabulary to
practice using”; and extensive updates throughout. Accessible to students
from high school through graduate school, Is Everyone Really Equal? is a
detailed and engaging textbook and professional development resource
presenting the key concepts in social justice education. The text includes
many user-friendly features, examples, and vignettes to not just define but
illustrate the concepts. Book Features: Definition Boxes that define key
terms. Stop Boxes to remind readers of previously explained ideas.
Perspective Check Boxes to draw attention to alternative standpoints.
Discussion Questions and Extension Activities for using the book in a class,
workshop, or study group. A Glossary of terms and guide to language use.
It should be self-evident that the book is an indoctrination tool to
undermine the core American concepts of individualism, responsibility and
self-determination. The ultimate objective is to program the young with the
toxic falsehood that any personal failure or shortcoming, any difficulty or
mental discomfort, is a result of oppression and injustice, andthe fault of
otherized villains. Those blights on society need to be subjugated and
punished for the greater good. The resulting level of dysfunction among the
weaker and more impressionable students make them handy pawns in the
hoped-for revolution to come.
Anyone whose head doesn’t explode at this junk is already in peril. I wonder
how many Americans have had their minds and values so corrupted that they
see nothing ominous about that excerpt. I suppose we will soon find out.
Incidentally, some of the parodies in various on-line forums of the example
of “naming people by their key social groups” are both apt and hilarious…