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in the shade

Layers of Blackness: Colourism in the African Diaspora by Deborah Gabriel My rating: 5 of 5 stars To trace the history of anti-blackness, Gabriel looks at some Biblical roots, the so-called curse of Ham. Chattel slavery in Africa predated the arrival of Europeans, with Arabs keeping African slaves (meanwhile Europeans such as the Greeks had… Continue reading in the shade

Books · Colonisation · Education · Political · Whiteness & racism

Unlearning diagonal violence & other thoughts

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire My rating: 4 of 5 stars Perhaps I have been reading in the wrong order. I’m very familiar with the idea of dialogic pedagogy, mainly from my PGCE and reading Radical Education and the Common School, which is about liberatory education for children and young people as well… Continue reading Unlearning diagonal violence & other thoughts

Blackness, history & love · Books · Colonisation · Education · Gender · Political · Whiteness & racism

Living the message

Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations by Bell Hooks My rating: 5 of 5 stars In her introduction, hooks writes about finding herself at home in Cultural Studies ‘where interdisciplinary work [as opposed to the conventional specialised & periodised pedagogy she’d felt so limited by] was encouraged and affirmed’. When white male academics in the US discovered… Continue reading Living the message