Presentation Reflections

Rudi’s presentation made me very curious about Native American activism, both within and outside the context of Alaska’s pebble mines. Given that Native Americans represent less than 5 percent of the American population, I’d love to learn more about what kinds of techniques activist organizers can use to encourage solidarity and make their voices heard. Moreover, given that most history textbooks focus so little on Native American history, how can Natives continue to spread cultural awareness?

Zoe’s presentation taught me a great deal about how powerful large agricultural businesses are and how much they’ve been able to shape our perceptions and habits around food. I’m glad she cleared many of my misconceptions and focused on all the ways that agricultural businesses have been suppressing food activist efforts.

I was most surprised by Neel’s presentation since I didn’t realize how unfairly Black Lives Matter was being evaluated until I began to understand the context into which this movement was born. The direct comparison with the Civil Rights Movement was very helpful in proving that unlike the 1960s, the more pessimistic BLM serves to unveil the many forms of racism that have since been swept under the rug.

Jessica’s presentation showed me that the “model minority” myth is merely a subtle means of quieting and dismissing racial activism. It’s inspired me to acknowledge that implicit biases can be just as dangerous as explicit ones, and that bringing light to these systematic injustices is the key to resolving them.

 

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