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A couple notes from my @ECAASU keynote from Friday night: Education is something that society tells us is required to be seen as being valued
and worthy. And at the same time, it enacts violence on many of the people who adhere to this narrative.
On Asian Americans being used as a pawn in anti-Affirmative Action cases: “The call to each of you is: get our
people! Get our people and educate them about what affirmative action is and isn’t and how admissions works.”
To be clear, Asian American people benefit from Affirmative Action. The majority of Asian American people support Affirmative Action. White people are using AA people to continue to subjugate other people of color. If this pisses you off, then I say again: get your people.
We need to get everybody on the same page in thinking the way that we call Systemic Transformers. These are people who are engaging in transformational projects for humanizing structural change. In doing so, they engage with Black communities to end racism...
they partner with Black
organizations, they figure out the ways that Asian American and Black
communities share oppressive conditions and work to remedy them. (From a study w @spamfriedrice)
I want us to think about what it means to be human and to see and know each other as human. I am thinking about becoming human as both a political and theoretical struggle in the world.
What does it mean to both see and know somebody who we might not have any affiliation with at all?
How do we teach ourselves and each other to recognize and act upon the humanity that each of us holds in ourselves and within our place in the world?
bell hooks says that when we love somebody, we see the world the way it is. So in thinking back to the question of what does it mean to see
and know you, I posit that that what we mean to say is: I see you existing in the world in the way that it is.
That is, that I understand the ways that systemic oppression, racism, sexism, ableism, genderism, transantagonism, and classism
impact your life and as a result of that I will act in a different way and therefore see you as Human.
To love, we must know each other to be equal and to be equal is to not treat another as commodity.
Do not think of each other, or those around you, as people who can give you something, or people who are competition with you, but rather as a community of people who are there to engage in a loving ethic, one that
destroys exploitation.
If life is made up of consumption + acquisition + greed + exploitation, and exploitation is domination + lovelessness, then we circle back
around to the role of love. Love breaks the equation. When we break the equation, we engage in humanization, which leads to justice.
We cannot remain isolated. Isolation breeds discontent and depression. In community we learn from each other, in community we grow from each other, in community we are powerful. #ecaasu #sapro #sagrad #acpa #naspa #studentaffairs #highered #human #futures #aapi #activism
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