In early January, Kanye West had himself a massive Twitter session, waxing Kanye about fashion, his mom, and his views on education, among other things. As he sees it, the current education system is out of date, structured to breed mindless factory workers. This of course is classist. What's wrong with being a factory worker Kanye? Are you implying factory workers aren't creative? But when he goes on to say/tweet that “schools should be designed to prep human beings for real life” I agree completely.
Using a critical lens can sometimes mean having to re-evaluate things you hold dear. Byron Hurt, documentary filmmaker and anti-sexism activist, knows this. In his excellent film, “Beyond Beats and Rhymes”, Hurt talks about his love of hip hop, the place it’s had (and still has) in his life. He tells of how as he started working as an anti-sexism activist he couldn’t ignore the pervasiveness of misogyny, violence and homophobia in hip-hop any longer.
How good are you at taking care of yourself? I don’t mean in terms of showering and flossing and paying bills and so on. I mean at taking care of your brain and your heart. It’s important to take stock of where you’re at, to gauge your stress and anxiety levels and take steps to be good to yourself so you can best be present in whatever movement, or activism, or school work in which you’re immersed.