// Week 5 //

Tuesday 9/22

Response to Reciprocal Solidarity: Where the Black and Palestinian Queer Struggles Meet by Sa’ed Atshan and Darnell L. Moore : This is an issue that I regretfully have only had partial exposure to. I remember in high school having Palestinian classmates that were anti-Israel/jewish but I veneer really understood why beyond the fact that there was a land dispute. More recently one of my, now former, Palestinian coworkers had been publicly discussing the movement via chats at the office as well as vis social media and while I got more of the picture, I still was not aware of what it meant beyond a land dispute (although this does reinforce the notions of reciprocity through friendship). I think maybe this is in part due to most of the information being spread relating to the dwindling land occupied by the Palestinian people. This reading’s leveraging of intersectionality really put it into focus though through the use of issues that I have more of a firm grasp on. It is a stellar way to drive home the importance of reciprocal allyship in both generating groundswell for movements but also for the framing of issues. In my education we were taught both about American segregation and Jim Crow as well as apartheid in South Africa. I wonder why we were not also taught of the segregation/apartheid happening in Palestine during my childhood as it is clear from the dates in this text that it was a think that was happening before I entered a high school history class. Maybe it was too current? I wonder how educators can look to history to teach lessons that relate to our current moment, movements, and issues. In addition to the reciprocity allowing for clarification of movements it is also worth nothing this texts emphasis on the strength required to do so, specifically noted in the authors stating that “over the course of our friendship and allyship, we have been able to have honest conversations about the weight of barely surviving while trying to assist sisters and brothers who are also barely surviving”. To me this really shows the power and commitment found in friendship and reciprocal allyship.

// Class Notes Dump //
// Reading Discussion //
Allyship as a way of subverting or hiding
  • inclusion as exclusion
  • performative allyship/moral posturing
Allyship of political alliances
  • equality of power
Intersectionality of oppression used as empowerment through coalition/allyship
Accomplice vs ally
  • accomplice accounts for having skin in the game
  • reparations
  • actively working to be better
  • stand up for peers of color and be a target
    • use that power
Taking note of what basis to you have
Taking note of what privileges you have
Realize faults and build friendships/allyship?
  • and genuinely listen to them regardless of depth of friendship
Being in deep participation with each other
Liberation being bound together
Friendship as a noun vs a verb?

Lila Watson: "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."

// Ramon Tejada Talk //
Is postmodernism any different from modernism?
Make the periphery the center

Collective design history as a telamaque >>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UkgIsDpFMuA0_hvqf5f4ytPTKX4wfPp8ByRs3Uymvag/edit#gid=0

Kill the genius/god complex
Coming to terms with the history of design
Students making work that comes from the perspective that they want to talk about
I don’t want to engage with your college degree
Values, what is good or bad (aesthetics?) and how that permeates through your work/discussions