Neutral, or nah?
WHAT: What Glass believed to be his personal role in the struggle of justice was to use his own influence and power to fight for the struggle of social justice. In the text, he mentions many examples such as his speaking truth to power for a fellow black basketball teammate, as well as his other accomplishments in the workforce that fought against racism, poverty, and homelessness. Prior to listing his accomplishments, he quoted, “Does any of this work make me exceptional or even exemplary? No! I am only one among countless unnamed people who have fought against racial inequality across the generations. The struggle for justice is not some particular action; it is a way of life that finds room for transformative action in every domain” (Glass). His role in the fight was to push beyond the limits of racism, and expand the space for justice.
Friere explains the relationship between theory. practice ,and knowledge. Friere says, “ without practice there is no knowledge” (98). What Friere means by this is that without first hand experience of a situation, it is difficult to know about it without practice. The connection this has with theory is that theory is an idea to account for a situation, or in other words a hypothesis. Friere was trying to connect these three concepts by stating that theory is what we envision our knowledge to be, and this is utterly confirmed through practice. After we practice, we confirm our theory and turn that into knowledge.
SO WHAT: Horton says neutrality is an immoral act because to be neutral means to side with the system. Horton states, “ It has nothing to do with anything but agreeing to what is and will always be” (Horton 102). It is wrong to be neutral because taking sides is the only option that comes with the term “neutral”. Friere also agrees with Horton about this matter. He says, “Neutrality is the best way for one to hide his or her choice”(Friere 103). It is absolutely impossible due to neutrality being in favor of the status quo.
Friere says that history and social conditions are necessary to consider when teaching anything because history and social conditions create bias. If one teaches biology, why would they ever agree with religious views and the overwhelming power of “god”? Friere says, “It is a question for the teacher to discuss the issue in a broader way and even to express his or her choice”(Friere 104). Friere also says that you have a right to express your opinion, but no right to impose ideas onto others. He says, “ I have a responsibility to provide whatever light I can on the subject and share my ideas with people”. If everyone can guide students to belief that it is necessary to know both perspectives of situations, then they will be able to gain critical understanding that all of these disciplines are not isolated from the social life, and can allow people gain their own side and not be stuck in the confusion neutrality perspective.
NOW WHAT: My role in the struggle of justice is to critically identify the theories I had upon coming to kids club, practice at the site, and convert this practice to knowledge with extra insight from my teachers who side with these children. A quote that struck hard from Glass says, “the power of my voice to disrupt conspiracies of silence in the face of racism when I challenged the tellers of racist jokes and question stereotypes passed as truth” (Glass). For these children it is my job to question my own theories about my experience at kids club, and convert this to knowledge in my future aspirations as an OT. As a future occupational therapist, there are many political problems that come with the profession such as health insurance. There is a common speculation that low-income families that cannot afford it are apart of the immigrated population that resides in America. It is my job to use the power I have as an Occupational Therapist by recognizing that it is not these individuals fault. I must come up with ways to fight against what has caused these people to suffer in the system.