Saturday, November 15, 2008

For Those Who Would Change the Wind

Paulo Freire
1921 - 1997

Educator

"...the oppressed must not, in seeking to regain their humanity (which is a way to create it), become in turn oppressors of the oppressors, but rather restorers of the humanity of both."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another Marxist humanist!

Anonymous said...

Well I suppose it is a dangerous quote from a dangerous man.

If we allow people who feel themselves victimized or oppressed to learn that real education guides them to greater self knowledge and frees them from the need to avenge their oppression and victimization - while at the same time humanizing their oppressors - we might REALLY make this world a dangerous place to live!

Anonymous said...

"The ability of humans to plan and shape the world for their future needs is what separates man from animals. The oppressed majority must be taught to imagine a better way so that they can shape their future and thereby become more human." Paulo Freire

Gerald, if you had a choice between 1)first working America's oppressed black youth out of inner city anarchy and 2)first electing a black American president, where would you fall?

Might be an interest discussion for your minister group.

Gerald Britt said...

I have great difficulty understanding why we would have to choose one over the other.

We will have to work on the 'anarchy' in the same way that we will have to work on the purposelessness, materialistic idolatry of middle class youth.

There is a broad assumption here and I think that it is something that must be addressed:

Black people did not elect Barack Obama president. They voted for him overwhelmingly, yes. But there have been, through the years, black candidates, Hispanics and women, who have lost because whites have voted for whites in overwhelming numbers.

Now there is this childish blowback that suggests that if blacks had not voted for Obama he would not have won and that they only vote for him because he's black.

I would remind you that if all we wanted was a black president, we could have voted for Alan Keyes or Jesse Jackson quite some time ago.

Barack Obama is president-elect because he won the majority of the popular AND most importantly (as we all found out in 2000), the electoral college votes.

When Antoni Scalia was interviewed not too long ago, and asked about the 2000 election in which the Supreme Court declared George Bush president, Scalia's judicial and scholarly advice for those who disagreed with the decision was, 'get over it'.

We will wrestle with all the problems left by the previous administration and whatever new ones arise in the incoming administration.

The real question regarding the 'anarchy' you cite, is 'What are you going to do to help work with us?