Schools or Prisons?

schools, education, prisons, school-prison pipeline, racism, class

Today, I heard anoth­er instance of there being “not enough mon­ey”  to appro­pri­ate­ly fund a pre­dom­i­nate­ly Black and Lati­no high school’s course offer­ings. This time the school is Jef­fer­son High in Los Ange­les. Stu­dents will not get the cours­es they need to grad­u­ate on time. Stu­dents will have to repeat class­es they have already passed. Where do they turn? What does that slick say­ing “When one door clos­es, anoth­er one opens” mean for young peo­ple in this school? What options are we giv­ing our pre­cious youth when “not enough mon­ey” is seen as a good enough rea­son to block vital oppor­tu­ni­ties for some, when there is plen­ty of mon­ey avail­able for war, pris­ons, and yachts? Is this democ­ra­cy? Jus­tice?

Who is UnCivil?

civility, political strategy, social movement

I believe it is impor­tant for activists to be dis­ci­plined in our dis­cus­sions about social issues. We need to speak to allies and poten­tial allies in a way that edu­cates, sup­ports, ral­lies and sus­tains peo­ple rather than vent­ing at peo­ple of pow­er. This is not a moral issue, but one of prac­ti­cal strate­gic sense. We need to keep build­ing. How­ev­er, we must ques­tion the source of this cur­rent push to empha­size civil­i­ty, an inces­sant point­ing the fin­ger of con­dem­na­tion at the enraged expres­sions of oppressed peo­ple. It puts the onus of “civil­i­ty” on peo­ple who do not call the shots, rather than on the those who do. Hmm. A mis­di­rect?