The Sankofa-Love Project (SLP) is a re-education resource aimed at giving teachers, students, and other knowledge-seekers easy access to information that will fill in the likely gaps in their understanding of U.S. history and culture. The SLP brings marginalized histories in from the margins with the intent to construct a truer, more inclusive narrative about the events that formed the U.S. and the dynamics that characterize it. As such, it stimulates critical thinking and illuminates contemporary realities and relationships, especially those that could be said to be epicolonially [hyperlink definition] continuous.
The SLP relies heavily on primary source material and on secondary source material that itself relied heavily on primary sources and/or is considered “classic” due to its scholarly cohesion and reputability. The SLP is meant to be of use to teachers who realize that our own educations were lacking in broad perspective, were biased, or were omissive or otherwise skewed and who seek to provide something truer and better for our students. [Insert nod and link to Zinn Project, but...] teachers teaching multi-culturally in any subject may find the SLP useful in providing broad and succinctly packaged background understanding of what they wish to teach with depth and accuracy. As much as we intend to be of use to educators, we encourage all learners--in school or out of school, in the teaching profession or outside of it--to "fill in the gaps” they perceive their education. We expect you will find SLP material and The Anti-Pundit scholarly blog useful. Know that the SLP is an academic, professional, and personal-ethical endeavor driven by the understandings expressed in About Us.
U.S. culture is in the midst of an evolution out of its various rigidly enforced hierarchies--race/class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity--toward equality and true democracy. [Collapse the rest of this under a see more click-button.]
The SLP seeks to provide--in manageable size and interesting format--what teachers need to teach multiculturally in an informed and confident manner and what learners need to "fill in" what their teachers miss. It seeks to provide the historical and cultural Big Picture that informs U.S. society, its diverse people, their dynamics and interactions, and the hierarchies and premises [define this using Martinez for self and expanding with the quotes from your section editors & hyperlink] arising from them. The SLP seeks to steer thinkers away from premise-keeping [define this using Martinez for self and expanding with the quotes from your section editors & hyperlink] toward truthful inclusiveness. It is built on the understanding that what we know and believe to be true is based largely on where we grew up; what teachers we had; what they knew and believed; what choices our school board members, what decisions text book editors, and community leaders made; and so on. Thus re-education is a commitment and a choice--one that the SLP seeks to make interesting and relatively easy.
This project arose out of the SLP founder's own self-reeducation efforts, which is described in the first Blog post along with reeducation efforts of SLP section editors and contributors. In short though, each SLP contributor came to believe that U.S.-history and education and culture has long functioned as the memory of the states [define this using Zinn & hyperlink]and the muscle of the heterocentric patriarchy, respectivly, and and have consistently served the purpose of maintaining the status quo of race-class-gender hierarchies within its borders and across the globe. (But that's changing.) Mainstream U.S.-history education and mainstream culture have long advanced the premise that the U.S. is and has been a true and functioning democracy for all. (Each generation of purpose-driven pushed for justice brings us closer to it.)
However much closer the U.S. in its journey toward true democracy, the history of its minorities is often one of struggle within and resistance to abuse by those very same proponents of democracy. For insteance, the U.S.’s creation myth (known colloquially as the American Story) [define this using Martinez for self and expanding with the quotes from your section editors & hyperlink] has both formed and been formed out of that iniquity and abuse and, as educational propaganda, has crippled Americans’ ability to think critically about contemporary concerns that evolved out of historical dynamics. Some educators engage in self-driven re-education efforts for the benefit of themselves and their students, but many find these efforts more time consuming than they are rewarding.
Others would like to adapt, but find themselves at a loss on how and where to begin.
Still others still need more comprehensive understandings of the world in which they live as well as persuading that a return to the "Good Old Days" is not necessarily a desirable wish.
A more comprehensive understanding of the history of, for instance, the Western hemisphere and of many parts of Asia, Africa, and Western Europe would center around Capital, Race, Empire, and Diaspora (C.R.E.D.) [Hyperlink definition, crediting Teresa] instead of adventurous exploration, Christianization, civilization, and “manifest destiny." A less biased narrative than the one U.S. learners usually receive would present facts instead of interpreting them along the lines of our country's preferred narrative. (But overall, The Premise still reigns in U.S. education and American culture.) A broader understanding of world religions and philosophies would, for instance, enable people to engage more critically with current events in which religion and philosophy play a role. (But mainstream media seems committed to providing surfacy commentary and stereotypical imagery.) A clearer understanding of personal identities other than male-female, straight-gay would help people adjust to changing policies, terminology, and even public imagery. (Yet we remain divided and under-informed about each other.) The SLP is committed to resolving lingering attachments to outmoded hierarchies such as these as succinctly, accurately, and ethically as possible.
Editor in Chief,
March 21st, 2017
At the heart of the SLP effort are (a) the importance of being aware of the past in every present moment (historicity); (b) the scholarly habit of searching primary sources for facts that often counter or at least augment secondary-source biases (specificity); [Collapse the rest of this under a see more click-button.] (c) the importance of honing one's writing and speaking skills to use one's words in compelling service to one's purpose (flow); (d) the life purpose of bringing the past forward in order to build a better future (sankofa); [Hyperlink definition.] and (e) models for doing all that in a manner that demonstrates respect (i.e., love) for all people, no matter which history or community is theirs. Our trademarked logos [hyperlink] reflect this series of ethics. Each is composed of [describe, credit SLP partner Dave Hill if he wants to be, and hyperlink to his site].
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•Textbook survey and photo-gallery: One of the most important aspects of the Sankofa Love Project is its survey of U.S. history and culture textbooks. [Enter description and collapse the rest of it under a see more click-button.]
•Ethnicity content area and photo-gallery contains academically researched, factual information on history. Sections are broken down by the races and nationalities [Collapse the rest of this under a see more click-button.] that populate the US. Information in this section is meant to provide SLP readers with background necessary to understand race hierarchies and today's world order and approach multicultural material with knowledge. Each section is written by a scholar with expertise in his/her field according to easy-to-follow template established by the SLP founder.
•Ideology content area and photo-gallery also contains academically researched factual information on history. Sections are broken down by the major religions of the world, especially those from which many US citizens or their ancestors hail. [Collapse the rest of this under a see more click-button.] Information in this section is meant to provide SLP readers with background necessary to understand how people from traditions than their think and what they believe. It is meant to help SLP readers approach our pluralistic world and cross-cultural interactions with knowledge. Each section is written by a scholar with expertise in his/her field according to easy-to-follow template established by the SLP founder.
•Identity content area and photo-gallery: [In development.]
• The scholarly Blog [photo credit Robert and hyperlink to his site if he wants to be] expresses the informed opinions of the S.L.P. founder and guest bloggers. It is called The Anti-Pundit blog and is aimed stimulating discussion of current events that are steeped in previously marginalized histories. The Comments in the The Blog is a space for you to communicate publicly with us.Contact Us contains email addresses we can be reached privately.
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