Chuck Keeney on Marginalising People

Found in Silk Stockings and Socialism by Sharon McConnell-Sidorick, the following quote is something that has been found elsewhere and is attributed to Chuck Keeney.

If you paint people as ignorant and backward, then it is easier to marginalize them, it's easier to dismiss them. It's also a good way of burying history.

Having grown up in farm country in the Midwestern US, this kind of idea really sticks with me. So often, people are written off as being “ignorant” and “uneducated” without ever considering their lived experiences and the knowledge they have for just having survived and gotten one year older.

People in rural areas are often considered ‘gullible’, with liberals claiming (as they’re doing to people in Texas right now) that we “deserve it” for “voting against our interests.” They never stop to consider how the system is rigged against us, and they spend a lot of time being condescending and ignoring our needs.

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Paulo Freire on Humanists

From Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Chapter One (page 60):

A real humanist can be identify more by [their] trust in the people which engages [them] in their struggle, than by a thousand actions n their favor without that trust.

This section details how we need to build trust within our communities, especially with regards to learning. If we don’t build trust, we can’t succeed. It’s also a discussion about how charity isn’t what the oppressed need; they need mutual aid that they are a part of and trustworthy connections to ensure safety.

This is actually a really important idea for me because it relates to being able to do what you can. Far too often, disabled and neurodivergent people are condemned for our inability to participate in obvious actions; the actions that we can take often are relegated as “useless.” This idea allows for the concept that we can do what we’re able to do and still build community and trust.

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Donaldo Macedo and Paulo Freire on Careerists

From the Introduction of the 50th anniversary edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed (page 8):

That is to say, the careerist's political project is, ultimately, his or her career, and to save his or her career, the crass careerist "will fail to initiate (or will abandon) dialogue, reflection, and communication and will fall into using slogans, communiqués, monologues, and instructions. Superficial conversions to the cause of liberation carry this danger."

This quote, in which Macedo is also quoting Freire, discusses the way that careerists are more often adopting (co-opting) causes of liberation in order to further advance their career (or personal futures). This quote is found before a discussion about a range of educators who, while they claim to support liberation, perpetuate the same problems and can’t (or won’t) see how they’re doing it.

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Paulo Freire on Teaching

From Pedagogy of the Oppressed:

Education is suffering from narration sickness.

This is in reference to the fact that so much teaching is teacher-centered and “fills” the students’ brains (considered a ‘banking model’ of learning) rather than being student-focused and enabling them to explore their own world or how things are relevant to their own world or interests.

Even in classes where teachers try to be more student-centered, there is often a lot of time where explicit teaching must happen that neglects the students’ curiosity about why they have to learn that. It’s hard to get away from that model, especially in one-teacher classrooms that are habitually closed off from other areas of the school (and community).

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