Dear Class Action, What should I do? My neighbor in my conservative rural town emailed this racist/classist piece of junk to me. I need some advice on what to do next.
I asked the one who sent it to me and another womyn if they had any interest in coming to my house and watching the documentary on low-wage workers called “Waging a Living”. She said that she’s open to anything that will enlighten her. She was sincere and I may get up to 10 such people to come, here in rural USA. It is a good teaching opportunity.
The last time I organized a showing of “What I Want My Words To Do To You,” I fell flat on the discussion part. I get choked up or emotional and don’t know how to guide a discussion.
Could you help me form questions that will lead to a good discussion? I’m just not good at it. I find that I am avoiding the “R” word and the “C” word to not shut down discussion. I can talk about cultural stereotypes, but I think if the questions are more open ended, people will get less defensive. In the 80’s we banged people over the head and that sure didn’t work!
There is a real need to talk about class. I’ll do anything to further that. There’s also a link, I think, between spirituality and class. I don’t even know where to start with that, but that seems to be a major connection with the people I’m dealing with here.
I’m learning a whole new language to communicate about these issues instead of calling names or really separating that individual from myself. And I really can’t. I’m learning how to put spirituality together with politics, and everything is political. The personal is political, as is the political personal.