Monday, February 27, 2017

The Privilege to Forget

With the sanitized curriculum, students can pass through the system without once encountering how writing relates to social critique. The "normalness" of white privilege has been woven into a message that writing is just about techniques for looking at situations and deciding how best to sell your audience on your message. No need to think about who benefits, who loses, how some get left out, or how writing greases the wheels of the big corporate, bottom line machine. Tidy, yes, but also devoid of ethics, or nearly so. It's a kind of "drive by" ethics, like a bus tour through Hollywood.

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