In preparation for Monday’s class on Black Activism, please review at least pages 9-13 of Joseph Kahne, Erica Hodgin & Elyse Eidman-Aadahl (2016) “Redesigning Civic Education for the Digital Age: Participatory Politics and the Pursuit of Democratic Engagement,” Theory & Research in Social Education, 44:1, 1-35. For an example of black activism in Chester, please visit the Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRQL) website then watch and as an update to Laid to Waste, consider as well Kamau Bell's 2019 video about Chester: United Shades of America, CNN, season 4, episode 8, Toxic America. Finally, please prepare one or two questions for our guest speaker, Chris Rogers. You will be invited to raise your question (or post it to the chat on Zoom).
Questions for Consideration:
Page 9-13 of “Redesigning Civic Education for the Digital Age: Participatory Politics and the Pursuit of Democratic Engagement” describes core practices of participatory politics. What does your approach to participatory politics look like today? How are you constrained, enabled, or empowered in the current context?
Recalling the #GlobalPOV project video from last week, to what extent might (might not) participatory democracy via digital platforms be an example of a technical solution to a political problem?
The 1996 documentary Laid to Waste offers a case study of environmental racism. What systems are perpetuating environmental racism in Chester? How? Who stands to benefit from the challenges continuing to persist?