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 present snippets from several AYA
courses like Economic Conundrum, Countering Injected Racial
Scripts, Storytelling From the Inside out, and others.
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 while avoiding the traps laid by
injected racial scripts like “Shame The Devil,” or The Super-Hero Trap.”
These storytelling/teaching traps give us the illusion of power while
inducing us and our youth to give our real psychic, cultural, and
economic and personal power away.
Please apply these maximums as best you can now. Enroll in the class
for instruction, skill-building and support to turn “ought-to’s” - into
“how-to’s.” Starting with an orientation on Dec. 26th, can continuing
until March, you and others will shape powerful examples that you
can use and share. It’s kill-building time. Oppression isn’t waiting;
why should you?
The course will include It Wasn’t a Massacre: The Real Black Wall
Street Story and both current and historical examples of how to teach
about oppression in ways the empower us rather than depress us.
Enrolled students can gets a bonus seat for youth or family member.
Sign up for this course today. It gets started with an orientation on
Dec. 26th and the course will commence on Jan 9th. Cick on the
signup form below for registration and payment options - including
Orientation: May 1st, 2021
May 8, 15, 22, 29
4-6 PM EST