I’m teaching an activism class and I think my students don’t fully grasp the depth of institutional injustice that activists fight against (not that I expect them to, they’re in 6h grade). But I know they respond well to these things being spelled out in video form. i.e. I played A Girl Like Me for a group of girls in a different class and had a fantastic discussion on colorism that I do not believe they have ever been given the outlet to do otherwise.
So I’m wondering if anyone knows - off hand - of any video clips or short documentaries that go well in a sixth grade classroom setting. Or clips from a particular interview that would be good to show. For instance I’m thinking of combing through The Black Power Mixtape to look for some snippets.
I just want them to have a better grasp of the “isms” that we will be helping them fight against this semester.
So essentially I’m looking at anti-hegemonic discourse & activism and [you guessed it] tumblr. and twitter too. & the importance of these tools for organizing and empowering marginalized groups. But I need help finding examples of this on tumblr (and also just any suggestions would be appreciated)
I’m breaking my research down into these areas:
- Social Justice “counter hegemonic” discourse: which means I will be looking through different tags and analyzing how certain tags are used as a space for certain discussions EX: feminism, womanism, LGBT, politics, activism, racism, safe space… etc (and tags I should add???)
- How tumblogs & twitters are used to organize & empower: this is where I need links and examples. If anyone out there identifies their blog as a space of empowerment & organizing/mobilizing I would love it if you posted the link in the space below the post. Especially posts to specific posts that you deem pertinent to this (calls to action and such)
- Networking/coordination: I know there are lots of blogs that try to act as a central space to bring people together - so if anyone identifies as that i’d like to know
- Controlling and or owning your space: not sure how i’m going to measure this, but I definitely want to highlight the way in which one is in complete control over the discussions that happen on their blog/Timeline. and how people set guidelines on what is and isn’t going to happen on their space. (for instance, people demanding an education on someone’s personal blog)
By the end of this, I will also be able to compile all the links you all send me and save it as a reference in the future.
I definitely want to make sure that my thesis doesn’t include blogs that would rather not be included/published so PLEASE don’t send me links to blogs other than your own. I would love help with my research, but I also don’t want to be unethical. But also, my research is still in its planning stages so if anyone notices any glaring problems with how I’m formatting this drop me a line!
Thanks in advance everyone!
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