As the history of now adds fresh new pages with each passing day, your H A G team hosts new voices and shares historical insights to help make sense of it all. For episode 14, Josh and Chris welcome to the podcast Sacramento educator and activist, Jordan McGowan. With great relevance for the unfolding drama of our day, Jordan discusses the decolonizing of the classroom and the need to liberate education from the broad design of systemic racism. In the history of racist systems, segregated schools represent just one sphere of control enforced by the established ruling powers. Josh and Chris consider others, including the urban landscape, and explain how the streets and gridded blocks of the city have often been divided into a geography of control and containment. For a century or more, powerful interests, both propertied and policing, have often rang alarm against the ‘enemy within’ and conspired to suppress the grievances of the urban poor, whether factory workers or civil rights protestors. Today, as they sit mostly repurposed, city armories are a silent vestige of the urban battle ground once born of that fear, and their successor, militarized police forces, carry on the legacy of power through control and dominance of the public sphere.
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Sources Referenced and Other Items of Interest
Assata: An Autobiography
Last Chance U: Laney College (Netflix)
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1961)
Frederick Kunkle, “Labor Day’s Violent Roots: How a worker revolt on the B&O Railroad left 100 people dead,” (Washington Post, September 4, 2017)
Decolonization never takes place unnoticed, for it influences individuals and modifies them fundamentally. It transforms spectators crushed with their inessentiality into privileged actors, with the grandiose glare of history’s floodlights upon them. It brings a natural rhythm into existence, introduced by new men, and with it a new language and a new humanity.Frantz Fanon