Going forward with a Pedagogy of Kindness from the Becoming Radical:
…Partisan politics in the U.S. is the “master’s tools.”
Many people—especially those living in privilege—do not see what we see, do not seek what we seek. Advocates for public education and social equity must confront that we are a serious minority…
This is a difference between the passive be and the active being….
For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.
Audre Lorde, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”
When he composed his gritty paean to the “City of the Big Shoulders,” Carl Sandburg may have been idealizing the complicated working-class American Dream he witnessed in the city of Chicago, but then, that dream may have seemed possible—a decade before F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unmasking in the wake of WWI.
But Sandburg was also prescient:
After the 2015 mayoral election in Chicago, “wicked,” “crooked,” and “brutal” ring harshly in the ears of advocates for equity and public education, leave a bad taste in our mouths—those of us who were on the ground and virtually watching on social media only…
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