Visit the Shades of Noir (SoN) http://shadesofnoir.org.uk/
I have been aware of Shades of Noir but to be truthful have not engaged with this resource prior to the course in any depth. I have subsequently found this a very interesting, informative, enlightening and refreshing resource.
One of my initial introductions was with some of the Key terms that where given out during the initial face to face sessions and I found these to be in some ways quite confrontational. When you google Shade of Noir the tag line is “Shades of Noir provokes, challenges and encourages Dialogue so I now understand that this was the intention. Phrases such as White privilege, White supremacy, and the definition assigned to colorism “ unlike racism which only white people can be the perpetrators…” for example, was somewhat disturbing to me but rather than dismiss these terms and continue to live in ignorance I endeavoured to investigate further. Upon reading, many of the elements of the Shades of Noir site and publications I manged to gain a much better level of understanding of the issues raised around this area. There is a very interesting link PSA: YesAllwhitePeople https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zPtpRrpU-g and the piece on Dealing with Ignorance in the social issues section really opened my eyes to issues and feelings faced by people of colour for example.
I am personally very interested in history and how historical events have had a lasting effect on how we live today and our cultural interactions so the articles such as Into the known: A journey into white history makingwas very interesting to me as was the information relating to the series of lectures by Onyeka Nubia A History of Scientific Racism he states “If we are to overcome the ideological myth of white superiority and black inferiority that’s deeply embedded in our society and consciousness, then we must start with and understand its history.”
The SoN site is very interesting, diverse, and informative and it is clear to see that it has been put together by a very talented team. The site is easy to navigate with an easy flow between spaces and information, very visual and dynamic throughout.
I feel that my investigations into the information available has given me great insight and I feel that this has already made me think differently in a much more positive and inclusive way within my teaching and interactions with students of all backgrounds.
I have already recommended a good friend of mine who is a leather artisan and Graduate of LCF Rob Goodwin who has given an interview which should be available soon.
Read Hahn Tapper (2013) ‘A pedagogy of social justice education: social identity, theory and intersectionality’, Pp. 411- 417 (and see diagram on p.426) Discuss two things you learnt from the text. And one question/provocation you have about the text.
One of the first things that I learnt from this article is the importance of reading through case studies of other academics work to support your own understanding and learning as well as to enhance your own level of critical self-reflection. The references to Freire throughout the text really helped to cement my understanding of the pedagogic theory and put in context to further situations other than that described or outlined in Pedagogy of the oppressed by Freire. There is also a good example of how “intersectionality” should be embraced by the participants of the intergroup Encounters and this section also further cements my understanding of the theory of Intersectionality (Crenshaw 1989)
An interesting aspect of the study was of Contact Hypothesis or intergroup contact theory (Allport 1954) and upon investigation I found an interesting further example of this on http://www.understandingprejudice.org/apa/english/page24.htm such as “Classroom research has found that cooperative learning techniques increase the self-esteem, morale, and empathy of students across racial and ethnic divisions, and also improve the academic performance of minority students without compromising the performance of majority group students “(Aronson & Bridgeman, 1979) and “Prejudice (unless deeply rooted in the character structure of the individual) may be reduced by equal status contact between majority and minority groups in the pursuit of common goals. The effect is greatly enhanced if this contact is sanctioned by institutional supports (i.e., by law, custom or local atmosphere), and provided it is of a sort that leads to the perception of common interests and common humanity between members of the two groups.” (Allport 1954)
Watch the student film ‘Room of Silence’ from Rhode Island School of Design https://vimeo.com/161259012.
Very interesting and enlightening film that highlights the very honest and mature views from students about their experiences of inclusivity and belonging on their course. I was particularly interested in the comments by one student about the use of the wrong name and a comment from another student that the tutor was being particularly racist but its Ok that won’t affect your grade. His response was “How I exist in my own space will directly affect how I perform and this will affect my grade” This brings to mind a quote used in the Hahn Tapper’s paper in this section of the unit by Martin Luther King Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” A small stone thrown into a pond can cause an ever-increasing ripple and as tutors, educators and facilitators we need to be more aware of how our actions or choice of words, sometimes in ignorance, can impact on our students in a positive or negative way.