Root causes: get past the distractions
This lesson is different from the other classes, it's got some unexpected twists along the way. In this one we're trying to move away from individualistic explanations for oppression. Understanding the ways structures shape people's reactions. We're moving away from the narrow focus on individuals because that can serve as a distraction tactic that hides the institutions that shape results in predictable patterns. The class session is organized around an experiential exercise called The Drawbridge. I'm including the facilitator materials, the handout, and a full video of the activity in case folks want to apply it. If you're interested in walking yourself through the exercise avoid skipping ahead.
These are the preparation materials, which would traditionally be the more passive, lecture component of the class. These are the materials that my students work with before we get together in class.
This is a summary video I made for my online students. It might give you a sense of some of the ideas from the worksheet and an overall view of the ideas from that lesson.
Here are some great things that I couldn't include in the lesson, if you're interested, keep looking!
These are the materials for facilitating The Drawbridge Exercise
I'm working on editing the full video of the exercise, feel free to email me about it