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  1. 1. I See You Now Changes in the Landscape of Truth-Telling as a Result of the Obama Presidency
  2. 2. Three events in 2009 <ul><li>Dr. Henry Louis Gates </li></ul><ul><li>“Sherri” </li></ul><ul><li>“Precious” </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  3. 3. <ul><li>http ://us.cnn.com/video/?/video/living/2009/07/23/bia.henry.gates.cnn </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  4. 4. <ul><li>http ://www.mylifetime.com/shows/sherri/video </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  5. 5. “Precious,” the movie <ul><li>http:// www.weareallprecious.com / </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  6. 6. Questions to consider: <ul><li>Would any of these examples have stood out in 2007? </li></ul><ul><li>Would these stories have been presented differently in 2007? </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  7. 7. <ul><li>What changed? </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  8. 8. President Obama can help us out <ul><li>http ://www.whitehouse.gov/video/EVR012909?category=9 </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  9. 9. Observations <ul><li>Expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Among male and female African American children to attain the Presidency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dr. Robert Franklin, Morehouse College </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Oh, I’ll tell you, it was an amazing theme that began to emerge that can be summarized in two words: no excuses.” (Educational Broadcasting Company, 2009) </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  10. 10. Michel Foucault (1926-1984) <ul><li>“ Each society has its regime of truth, its ‘general policies’ of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctioned; the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth; the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true” (1980, p. 131) </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  11. 11. Observations <ul><li>Speaking out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telling the “truth” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dangerous truths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Racist remarks </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  12. 12. Landscapes to consider <ul><li>Social or cultural </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifts as a result of the Obama presidency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educational </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What does education look like today? </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  13. 13. April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver 83.5% White female teachers ($53,000/yr) 33-73% White students (shrinking) (9% in poverty) 13-47% Hispanic students (expanding) (15% in poverty) 3% Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4-2% American Indian/Alaskan Native (25% in poverty) 10-16% Black students (25% in poverty) Today’s Landscape of U.S. Education
  14. 14. Michel Foucault (1926-1984) <ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Power </li></ul><ul><li>Self </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  15. 15. Michel Foucault <ul><li>Knowledge (truth) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involves discourse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Practices, techniques or rules that concern the speaking subject, power relations and the words themselves (Simola et al., 1998) </li></ul></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  16. 16. Michel Foucault <ul><li>Truth becomes not only about knowledge (discourse or discursive formations) but also about the individual (the subject) </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  17. 17. Michel Foucault <ul><li>Subjectivity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A person is made into a subject through affiliation (or disaffiliation) as in “the mad and the sane, the sick and the healthy, the criminals and the ‘good boys’” (2003, p. 126) </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  18. 18. Michel Foucault <ul><li>Liberation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“the individual is not something that needs to be liberated rather the individual is the closely monitored product of relations between power and knowledge” (O’Farrell, 2009) </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  19. 19. Michel Foucault <ul><li>Power </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Power is everywhere; not because it embraces everything, but because it comes from everywhere” (1990, p. 93) </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  20. 20. “Precious,” the movie <ul><li>Taken from Push , by Sapphire (1997) </li></ul><ul><li>Claireece Precious Jones </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Obese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16 years old </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gets good grades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reads & writes at a 3 rd grade level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pregnant by her father for the 2 nd time </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  21. 21. “Precious,” the movie <ul><li>Precious is at the effect of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Her mother </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The school principal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The sexual and physical abuse </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yet, she persists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learns to read and write </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Becomes independent of her mother </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  22. 22. “Precious,” the movie <ul><li>Claireece tells the truth about her family situation to the social worker </li></ul><ul><li>Not a truth we necessarily want to hear; it does not conform to dominant beliefs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep quiet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deny </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  23. 23. “Precious,” the movie <ul><li>The mother also tells the truth to the social worker … and frees Claireece </li></ul><ul><li>Not a truth we want to hear in the dominant White culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Silence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Never admit culpability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good girls </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  24. 24. “Precious,” the movie <ul><li>When Mo’Nique was interviewed on the red carpet of the Academy Awards, she said, “This is a universal story.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>White Mary Johnstons exist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>White Carl Joneses exist </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  25. 25. “Precious,” the movie <ul><li>Who made the difference for Precious? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Miss Rain (Paula Patton) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cornrows (Sherri Shepard) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Her classmates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the social worker (Mariah Carey) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the male nurse (Lenny Kravitz) </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  26. 26. Emergent Properties <ul><li>In ecology we talk about driving variables </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate (rain and temperature) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisms (potential biota) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elevation (topography) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent material (bedrock) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time (geologic? human lifetime?) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What emerged within Claireece? </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  27. 27. What emerged within Claireece? <ul><li>Reading at a 7 th grade level </li></ul><ul><li>Journaling (creative inspiration) </li></ul><ul><li>Motherhood (both children with her now) </li></ul><ul><li>Independence (living away from home) </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation (to finish high school) </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  28. 28. The Landscapes <ul><li>Social/Cultural </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Truth-telling as exemplified by Dr. Gates and Sherri Shepherd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bringing into the Light or opening up of racial issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educational </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing percentage of students of color </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Precious” counter-example to dominant hegemony </li></ul></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  29. 29. <ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Bigelow, R., Arthur, A., Hughes, J., & Patterson, M. (2008). The politics of race and gender: Children’s perceptions of discrimination and the U.S. presidency. Analyses of Social and Issues & Public Policy , 8 (1). doi: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2008.00161.x </li></ul><ul><li>Bishaw, A. & Semega, J. (2008). U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Reports, ACS-09. Income, earnings, and poverty data from the 2007 American Community Survey . Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Broadcasting Corporation. (January 16, 2009). Spiritual voices on Obama administration: Part 1. Religion & Ethics Newsweekly . Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/january-16-2009/spiritual-voices-on-obama-administration/1991/ </li></ul><ul><li>Foucault, M. (1980). Power/knowledge: Selected interviews & other writings 1972-1977 . New York: Pantheon Books. </li></ul><ul><li>Foucault, M. (1990). The history of sexuality: An introduction . Volume 1. New York: Vintage Books. </li></ul><ul><li>Foucault, M. (1997). Discipline & punish: The birth of the prison . New York: Vintage Books/Random House. </li></ul><ul><li>Foucault, M. (2003). The subject and power. In P. Rabinow & N. S. Rose (Eds.), The essential Foucault: Selections from the essential works of Foucault, 1954-1984 (pp. 126-144). New York, NY: New Press. </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  30. 30. <ul><li>National Education Association. (2003). Status of the American Public School Teacher, 2000-01 . location, __. Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>O’Farrell, C. (2009, October 30). Key concepts. In michel-foucault.com . Retrieved from http://www.michel-foucault.com/concepts/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Sapphire. (1997). Push . New York: Random House. </li></ul><ul><li>Simola, H., Heikkinen, S., & Silvonen, J. (1998). A catalog of possibilities: Foucaultian history of truth and education research. In T. S. Popkewitz & M. Brennan (Eds.), Foucault’s challenge: Discourse, knowledge, and power in education (pp. 64-90). New York, NY: Teachers College Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Strange, H. (November 17, 2008). Obama win prompts wave of hate crimes. Times Online, Retrieved from http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article5172285.ece </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Commerce. (2009). Current Population Survey (CPS), October 1967 through October 2008. Census Bureau . Washington, DC. Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Education. (2009). “Public Teacher Questionnaire,” 2007-08. National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) . Washington, DC. Retrieved from </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver
  31. 31. <ul><li>If you wish to study these materials in more depth go to: </li></ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.net/jofoy or </li></ul><ul><li>www.scribd.com/jokfoy or </li></ul><ul><li>www.vimeo.com/jofoy </li></ul>April 28, 2010 Jo Foy, AAACS Conference, Denver Thank you!

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