please step forward, please step back
I would like to address the demonstration that we did in class today 10/28/08. I felt as though many people in the class felt a little confused and could not get a feel of where the discussion was going. While watching this I couldn’t help but think of the implications of the confusion. The exercise called for us to step forward or step back depending on the questions. The questions were aimed at positions of power and of oppression only examining the polices in place in American history .
While I think if our room allowed for more space the simulation could have been a great start for conversation concerning how past privilege and the power of intersectionality only leaves room for confusion with the current generation of essentially making these issue hard to deal with currently.
One reason I assume people were not sure where to step is that many of us due to the way our ancestors enter the country don’t have access to know exactly what their experience was in this country. Furthermore some people like me are not even able to trace back my official origin past migration to the united states of America.
I felt as though some were even offend by the simulation saying that the exercise did not account for the intersectionality of race and class in America. but personally I think that was the point. Without dealing with intelligence, education or any personal makings if these individuals we see a real life illustration of individual staring points would be in America. if we want to believe it or not.
I think what needs to happen is we begin examine what it means to have minorities and immigrants quietly moving towards the back of the class. While others get to take a few more step forward.