finneydsd replied to your post “IDK isn’t….”
This is completely missing the point of medievalpoc.
Which is…what? Compiling random photos with no context and complaining when journals with rigorous standards won’t publish their glorified internet collage…
This is reminding me a bit too much of a job I had a couple of decades ago. (5th grade teacher) I had a lot of kids in my class who had Native American family members or ancestry and when the curriculum turned out to include much biased and inaccurate (and racist) materials, I contacted a Native American publishing group that offered more balanced alternative material. (Including a novel to read that was historically and culturally accurate and respectful of all the characters instead of describing the Indian characters as “savages” and “grotesque”. My sharing of this information was greeted with discomfort, anger, and rolled eyes, and comments like “this is too much work to redo all this”, “Why do you care?”, etc. I guess inclusion and respect are just too much work for some folks. It is work, but it is important work and I am glad you help provide information and links for teachers.
Apparently historical accuracy is too much work, even for a classroom environment…..sigh.
Thanks for sharing your story, because I think it really illustrates concetely how teaching 5th graders racism in a classroom is common, and wanting to provide a better education that doesn’t perpetuate racist views is somehow eyeroll-worthy.
Thanks for trying to give these kids something better.
Young People, Identity, and the Media; Fatima Awan. PhD research project, 2007. Abstract.
What this means is what we can see in this image:
[a photo of Merlin tv show actress Angel Coulby side-by-side with a photo of a very young girl wearing a similar Europe medieval-style gown, who resembles her in hair and features]
Everyone deserves to be able to envision themselves clearly, in fantasies and escapism, in the past, the present, and the future.
Medievalpoc articles tagged “representation”.