I was glad that this week we continued to focus on prison reform/abolition, as I feel that it is such a complex topic that warrants a great deal of thought and foresight. As mentioned last time, the idea of abolishing prisons to the “uninitiated” so to speak is abhorrent, as…


I found this weeks’ material on prison abolition as a platform of Black lives Matter and a way of liberation to be some of the most challenging and complex ideas that I have dealt with this semester. Although the solution to the problem of what to do after the hypothetical…


This week’s readings gave me a lot to think about when it comes to the nature of our society and the differences between the end goals of the oppressed and the oppressors. While the majority oppressor society (white capitalist and hetero-patriarchal according to the most intersectional of Black Liberation scholars)…


This week’s reading gave me a greater perspective on the modern collision of American religion and youth driven civil rights organizations like Black Lives Matter. Despite my preconceived notions about BLM being mostly secular, these pieces gave me a greater idea about the role of spirituality in the movement through…


I personally found this the documentary on Black lives Matter this week to be particularly affecting and emotionally resonant, and it allowed me to gain a greater sense of empathy for black people in the US and the world. I have always agreed with the goals and understood the basis…


I found this week’s reading very interesting, as the authors critique the views of the already very radical James Cone on the nature of all Black life and the levels of oppression not just without, but also within the Black community. This focus on womanist (as opposed to Black feminist)…


I found this week’s information especially challenging. Not challenging because it was particularly hard to read or understand (although it was quite dense and packed with thoughts), but challenging to my personality and character. I’m specifically referring to James Cone’s writing, and his thoughts on Black theology and how religion…


I found this weeks information especially compelling because of the discussions of the true nature of Black existence under White society that is often so hard for non people of color to recognize and empathize with. In Christina Sharpe’s The Wake she discusses the ways in which Black people feel…


Of this week’s work, I was most interested by the video about how black girls are treated in school and the unique issues that they must face simply because of the color of their skin. The discussion in the video of how black girls are perceived as greater threats than…


I was very engaged with the material this week, as I thought it touched on a lot of very interesting ideas. I was specifically intrigued by Dubois’s thoughts on how Black people live in society and the idea of a “double consciousness” that all people of color must deal with…

Griffin Snyder '24

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