1. Read the essay “From Woe to Wonder” by Aracelis Girmay. Pay special attention to the second half of the text.
2. Pick ONE of the following prompts and respond in the comment section down below. The deadline is 3/9 before the class. 200-word minimum.
Reflecting and responding to racially motivated crimes in the US, Girmay suggests learning about “an idea called whiteness.” What is Girmay’s logic?
As part of an education that emphasizes social and racial justice, Girmay wants her children to learn about the invisibilized indigenous world in NYC and its ecosystems. Explain.
Girmay says that she considers that “a vital part of what we teach [children] must have to do with the beauty and power of the imaginative strategies of Black people everywhere.” How she incorporates maroons into this idea.
Respectfully interact with ONE of your classmates’ responses. Do you agree with their arguments and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about “From Woe to Wonder” do you want to bring into the discussion?