I am writing a series of posts to guide people through reading Paulo Freire’s book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a book which has been extremely influential in my life and which can help readers become more aware of the way in which oppression occurs in society. It can also help us recognize our own oppression… Continue reading Chapter Three: Pedagogy of the Oppressed: A Study Guide
Have You Ever…. Have you ever freaked yourself out in a dark room by imagining all of the scary monster, zombies, and bad guys reaching out to grab you? Have you ever driven yourself almost to panic swimming in a swimming pool because you imagined Jaws swimming up to get you? (And I am sorry… Continue reading How to Use Your Imagination Like a Boss to Change Your Life and the World
This week on my blog, I am sharing some reading and study guides for Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a book that has helped me better understand oppression and racism. It has also helped me to better understand how I can co-labor with the oppressed to end oppression and racism and to create a… Continue reading Chapter Two: Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a Study Guide
I would like to say, first, that I understand why you feel concerned and fearful about property destruction. If you are like me, you really value law, order, and respecting people’s property. You were probably raised with these values (and they are good values), and it may feel like to you that if you support… Continue reading Five Things You Can Do if You are a White Person Who Wants to Support Black People but Feel Afraid of Property Destruction in Protests
If you have read my blog for a while or have looked at my author's bio, you may know that the Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Freire has a great influence on my thought and writing. I wrote my dissertation on education and justice, and the last chapters focused primarily on Freire and his philosophy… Continue reading A Guide to Reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed–Chapter One
I would like you to imagine the following scenario. (Trigger warning: This scenario has some violent content in it.) The VN Scenario Imagine that you are living in your house peacefully. You obey the laws of your country and nation. You are a good neighbor. One day, a neighbor who lives one street over from… Continue reading What Should We Think about Property Destruction During Protests Against Police Violence?
As you are probably aware, all over the U.S. right now, there are people protesting George Floyd’s recent police-related death, as well as the disproportionate violence against black people (especially black men) at the hands of the police. You can read more about this here. As I have listened to my black friends, students, and… Continue reading Is the Phrase “All Lives Matter” a Helpful and Wise Response to “Black Lives Matter”?
George Floyd is a 46 year old black man who recently died in an encounter with the police in which a police officer knelt on his neck while Floyd, who was not resisting arrest (surveillance footage shows this), was lying face down on the ground, telling the officers around him that he could not breathe… Continue reading Are the President’s Criticism of the George Floyd Protests the Right Response? Violence Against Black Bodies
I am on a mission to help people Live from the Inside Out. When we Live from the Inside Out, we live from a strong sense of our own worthiness and purpose, as well as a sense of other people’ worthiness and purpose. This allows us to connect constructively and build a more resilient world… Continue reading Basic Body Confidence: What It is and Four Mindsets and Practices that Develop It
In my last post, I promised you a follow up to my discussion of Basic Body Confidence, and I for sure am going to post that follow up. But first, I want to tell you about jump roping and how it is giving me life right now. And it turns out that this has a… Continue reading The Joy of Jump Roping: How Jump Roping Surprised Me