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August 2020 Syllabus coming soon. • To prepare for the August Syllabus we’re sharing with you a pivotal and necessary read in beginning the journey of unlearning racism in medicine. This is not just a recommended read, it is a staple in your library of Unlearning. Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts serves as a primer for the August syllabus, which will do a deep dive into the work of Reproductive Justice and Maternal Health. In Killing the Black Body, Roberts gives a powerful and authoritative account of the on-going assault - both figurative and literal - waged by the American government and our society on the reproductive rights of Black women. This book is a must-read in order to contextually understand present day politics on Black maternal health, reproductive health, and reproductive justice. Please visit @elizabethsofakron to purchase. • Providing an introduction to Reproductive Health and Justice we have two amazingly talented experts in the field: Latham Thomas and Chanel Porchia-Albert. We’re excited to share more next week. Until then, find Killing the Black Body and begin the work! • Join us in The Great Unlearn - a self paced, self priced learning platform. Visit the link in bio 🙏🏾

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Good Morning 🌞 I’m resting today so I’m offering a throwback Saturday School lesson. I hope it offers some critical language and a more critical lens as you engage in these conversations in your own spaces. • 1. Yes/But also known as “whataboutism” , is a variant of the “tu quoque” logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. (source: Zimmer, Ben. WSJ, 2017 ) . 2. White people, when referring to themselves, often put the word “white” in quotation marks. Over text it’s understood that these translate to air quotes. In the English language we take air quotes to denote sarcasm or irony. This is a form of delusion in which white people believe that they are a default and have no labeling while everything else indeed does — as it becomes convenient for them. . 3. She then, as expected, didn’t seem to find the need to put quotes around black people. . 4. The deep desire for white Americans to tokenize successful black people as a means to bury the realties of systemic racism and push ideologies of merit based achievement have been one of tools of this country since its inception. From the “happy slave” to “but look at Oprah and Obama” these efforts push to reinforce the “American Dream” to black Americans despite the structural economic and political barriers that exist in our racist society.Tokenism glorifies the exception in order to obscure the rules of the game of success in a capitalist society.” (Source: Dana L Cloud; “Rhetoric of Tokenism” ) . 5. When the discussion of racial justice and/or critique of our racist system is punctured by bringing up the cases of Oprah or Obama note that its rarely ever followed by dynamic discussion about reproducing those success in this “new and shiny system we have”. It’s however a plea to “SHUT UP AND BE GRATEFUL SOMEONE LIKE YOU FINALLY GOT SOMEWHERE” • If you enjoy learning from me consider joining me & the thousands of other curious humans over at my donation based monthly learning platform The Great Unlearn. Link in my bio. • #theworkcontinues 🌿🙏🏾 tag the people you’re learning w/ who might find this valuable.

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This week we are pouring to the critical points that have been highlighted by various communities (BIPOC, academics, theatre world ) to get a lens into the very real ways Hamilton the musical has many harmful nuances that are consistantly erased by the American commercial fanfare. • Click the link in my bio to access the free Critical Lens download. • As I take the week away to get in some much needed time to myself, with my mama and to pour some intensive time into my writing I encourage you to sink into the many materials offered at the link in my bio as well as the many other dynamic educators here in the IG universe as well as other spaces. 🌿 • 🙏🏾

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The complete and updated #DoTheWork 30 day course. Link in my bio. • This is the same course that has been circulating. The new link has ALL 30 days and updated links for videos/articles that were broken. If you started with the first ten or thirteen days here are the remainder all in one place. When you click the link you will be routed to a document that has clickable links for each days content. Feel free to share this free resource. Feel free to work through it with others. Start conversations, journal and examine what comes up for you and most importantly take concrete action • If you enjoy learning with/from me I’d love for you to join me over at my online learning platform @thegreatunlearn (patreon.com/thegreatunlearn ). You can also honor my work tangibly through the details listed in the highlight titled ‘support’ — currently in my stories as well. • I created this course two years ago. During the current uprisings it started to make its rounds again and we were flooded with content, tech and distribution disruptions but I’m so grateful to get this mapped learning into your hands as simply another launching pad for you to #dothework

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This holiday being one of deep irony and irrational delusion for those who may truly believe it’s a holiday of independence of all those existing in US soil — I found it might be meaningful to offer a mini syllabus to jumpstart your own UNlearning of America’s tumultuous history. • Head to the link in our bio to access this free resource that offers you a learning map using my framework of Knowledge, Empathy and Action. • I offer a couple of reading pieces that will hopefully tip you off down a rabbit hole of texts to continue learning from. These include the Frederick Douglass speech “What To The Negro Is The Fourth Of July” which I’ve screenshot a few passages in the following slides for you. . I also included a great piece on the black woman historian at Harvard, Annette Gordon Reed and her critical analysis of the ways Hamilton failed its historical accuracy in the musical erasing the grim truths of the slave owning forefathers. • I offered three writing and reflection prompts as well that will hopefully push you into more radical empathy around this topic at hand. • Lastly I of course offered tangible action items you can take to exist more as an accomplice in upending systems than simply being an ally to our fight. • The work continues. #revolutionnow

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Bath bombs aren’t enough to dismiss the effects residential redlining. Your “spiritual gangsta” tee shirt isn’t shifting black maternal mortality rates. Your 2 week retreat to Bali isn’t shutting down the preschool to prison pipeline. Your rainbow face masks aren’t protecting trans women. Your goddess group isn’t “for the people” if the only people who can afford to be in it looks like you. • Wishing everyone a lovely week, ahead 🌿

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Good Morning 🌞 Just another quick Saturday School lesson for you, loves. • This is a dissection of a comment from a white woman who was upset that I had called out another white woman in a previous Saturday school post. Please see below: • 1. Dismissing the truth of what was said to insist that her wishes take precedence. . 2. She is leaning on the idea that intentions hold more weight than the impact. I use what I was taught: If you accidentally step on someone’s foot, you don’t ever say “Oh stop crying that wasn’t my intention” You apologize, acknowledge the pain you caused and exist more carefully and intentionally. . 3. White people only perceive racism as something “malicious”. The idea that if you haven’t lynched anyone you haven’t participated in white supremacy. Through ongoing and often dismissed micro aggressions, racism has found its everyday existence in the lives of black people.l on scales small (saying natural hair doesn’t qualify as professional or friends saying “you’re not REALLY black” to insist blackness is bad & they dont see you as THAT ) . 4. She magically turns that white woman into a victim based on her “imagination” ignoring the very real and tangible hurts she’s caused and I had expressed. . 5. “Blah, blah, blah” white apathy language for “none of these things have every every factored into whether I get to survive or not in this world”. . 6. She then instructs ME on how I should be handling the racism. Have white women ever been told that they need to correct all the #metoo men in private? . 7. It is common in white fragility for white women to be infantilized — or made to be considered innocent & in need of rearing instead of accountability. This is in direct relation to the adultification of black children. Google that. Also YES my mama corrected me in public often and loudly! . 8. She closes her statement with elitism braided into an “approximation to blackness” claim that she assumes sets her up as a viable voice in the black fight for liberation. • If you enjoy learning from me consider joining me and the over 20k other curious humans over at my donation based monthly learning platform @thegreatunlearn . • Happy Weekend Ya’ll!

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During my public address earlier last week, one of the intentional action items I suggested was holding your employer, community or organization accountable for how they are showing up for racial justice. I offered a template for connecting with employers and there was a lot of requests for how to demand accountability from your other areas of your life. Here you can hold your local school district accountable! With this document you can copy, paste and edit for your details, sign and ship it off to the email inbox who needs to see it. • Head to the link in my bio for a free template you may find helpful in addressing the need for accountability from the leaders in your local school district. • Thank you to @tamaralalande and @anna_y8s for volunteering to draft this for our use. We all must do our part in every way that we can. This is work that needs to be enacted in all situations not just upon the death of yet another black life. • #RevolutionNow • If you find value in learning with me please consider joining us over at @thegreatunlearn . Link in bio 🙏🏾 • Tag a classmate, friend, neighbor, colleague and anyone else whom you would like to suggest make use of this document as well. • Edit: you have permission to share this in spaces that may find value in this tool.

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Class in session — swipe. • On: justifications for the myth of white supremacy. • Let’s talk.... What are other narratives you’ve recognized in society that perpetuate this myth of white supremacy? Teach with me. . How have you seen these narratives play out in institutionalized spaces? . How have you combatted these myths in the spaces you exist in and/or list organizations, activist, writers, teachers who are approaching these particular conversations of highlighting the myths and their effects head on/developing tools to combat these in our continued anti racism work?

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Good Morning 🌞 Just another quick Saturday School lesson for you, loves. Revisiting this particular lesson and I hope it offers some critical language and a more critical lens as you engage in these conversations in your own spaces. • 1. Yes/But also known as “whataboutism” , is a variant of the “tu quoque” logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. (source: Zimmer, Ben. WSJ, 2017 ) . 2. White people, when referring to themselves, often put the word “white” in quotation marks. Over text it’s understood that these translate to air quotes. In the English language we take air quotes to denote sarcasm or irony. This is a form of delusion in which white people believe that they are a default and have no labeling while everything else indeed does — as it becomes convenient for them. . 3. She then, as expected, didn’t seem to find the need to put quotes around black people. . 4. The deep desire for white Americans to tokenize successful black people as a means to bury the realties of systemic racism and push ideologies of merit based achievement have been one of tools of this country since its inception. From the “happy slave” to “but look at Oprah and Obama” these efforts push to reinforce the “American Dream” to black Americans despite the structural economic and political barriers that exist in our racist society.Tokenism glorifies the exception in order to obscure the rules of the game of success in a capitalist society.” (Source: Dana L Cloud; “Rhetoric of Tokenism” ) . 5. When the discussion of racial justice and/or critique of our racist system is punctured by bringing up the cases of Oprah or Obama note that its rarely ever followed by dynamic discussion about reproducing those success in this “new and shiny system we have”. It’s however a plea to “SHUT UP AND BE GRATEFUL SOMEONE LIKE YOU FINALLY GOT SOMEWHERE” • If you enjoy learning from me consider joining me and the thousands of other curious humans over at my donation based monthly learning platform @thegreatunlearn . Link in my bio. • Happy Weekend Ya’ll! 🌿

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During my public address earlier this week one of the intentional action items I suggested was holding your employer or organization accountable for how they are showing up for racial justice. I offered a template for connecting with employers and there was a lot of requests for how to demand accountability from academic institutions. With this document you can copy, paste and edit for your details, sign and ship it off to the email inbox who needs to see it. • Head to the link in my bio for a free template you may find helpful in addressing the need for accountability from the leaders in the academic institutions you are affiliated with. • Thank you to @brittney_m_w and @moody_moonday for volunteering to draft this for our use. We all must do our part in every way that we can. This is work that needs to be enacted in all situations not just upon the death of yet another black life. • #RevolutionNow • If you find value in learning with me please consider joining us over at @thegreatunlearn . Link in bio 🙏🏾 • Tag a classmate, friend, neighbor, colleague and anyone else whom you would like to suggest make use of this document as well. • Edit: you have permission to share this in spaces that may find value in this tool.

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Thank you to the over 7k of you who attended my public address live. There is work to do and we are not backing down. • #RevolutionNow • You can view the recording at the link in my bio 🙏🏾

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Hello, I’m @rachel .cargle, founder of The Great Unlearn. Thank you for being here. • I woke up this morning thinking of revolution. Head to the link in our bio to RSVP. • Thinking about what my ancestors and past leaders left for us. What tools and direction and foresight they offered. • When James Baldwin reminded us: “It is a very peculiar revolution because, in order to succeed at all, it has to have as its aim the reestablishment of the Union. And a great, radical shift in American mores, in the American way of life. Not only does it apply to the Negro, obviously, but it applies to every citizen in the country. This is a very tall order and desperately dangerous, but inevitable in my view because of the nature of the American Negro’s relationship to the rest of the country, of all these generations, and the attitudes the country’s had toward him, which always was, but now has become overtly and concretely, intolerable. • When Malcolm X made clear: “Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.” • When Fannie Lou Hammer started: “There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement — three people is better than no people” • When Nikki Giovanni explained: “We put our lives on the line because we understand that our lives were always on the line.” • When Angela Davis said, ““I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” • I’ll be giving a Public Address on Revolution this upcoming Saturday evening. If you’d be interested in hearing my words and my teachings please use the link in my bio to RSVP and you’ll receive the viewing details Saturday afternoon. • This live address will include my official response to the brutality happening to black bodies in the US. I will be pulling from the words of revolutionaries before us. I will be offering resources for action and highlighting the movement on the ground so that we all can show up in revolutionary ways. • I’m looking forward to being in conversation and community with you all. • TL:DR - the revolution is coming, RSVP link in bio. • Will I see you there? • #revolutionnow

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Via: @rachel .cargle • She was betting on it. • She was pulling together all she knew about race relations and law enforcement and black bodies and white tears and she putting together the formula she was positive would be in her favor. • Calculated and complacent with the system she knew was built to protect her.

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Hello Unlearners! • The replay of this months Office Hours session with Valerie Wade is now available on our TGU platform. • Be sure to grab a pen and paper as there were lots of suggested research dropped by Valarie. • Plus we had a bit of frustrated viewer whom I had to remind that this work is not a gold star course that come to completion at any particular point in time. Anti racism work is ongoing knowledge + empathy +action. • I’m so glad you all are here to unlearn alongside me. • If you haven’t yet invested in being a part of The Great Unlearn I want to invite you to be a part of this community effort to show up more informed, more intentional. • #TGU is a self priced (starting at $5 ) and self paced learning community where every month I bring in a expert to guide us through unlearning our whitewashed colonized understanding of the world. With downloads, live events and resources each month you really get a chance to dive into things you didn’t know you needed to unlearn — you will exist differently in the world as a result. • Head to the link in the bio to get more details on how to join.

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Unlearners! We are just a few days away from this months office hours with our incredible expert this month Valerie Wade of @lynnfieldhistorical as she continues to support us in approaching Americas Birth Story with a new lens, outside of the white gaze. • We will kick off with an insightful  conversation between Valerie and our head curator Rachel Cargle and then the floor will open the members of the #TGU community to connect directly with Valarie on any  questions, insight and inquiries you all have for her. • This is as always a special opportunity to be in such intimate conversation with such genius and expertise so take advantage! • Head to the TGU site now (patreon.com/thegreatunlearn ) to find the registration link — Its also available in the syllabus itself — and also drop your questions for Valerie below or on the original post in the portal to get priority in having your inquiries addressed. • See you live this Saturday in our virtual classroom!

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Good Morning 🌞 Just another quick Saturday School lesson for you, loves. A day late but still lots to learn this week. • 1. Yes/But also known as “whataboutism” , is a variant of the “tu quoque” logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. (source: Zimmer, Ben. WSJ, 2017 ) . 2. White people, when referring to themselves, often put the word “white” in quotation marks. Over text it’s understood that these translate to air quotes. In the English language we take air quotes to denote sarcasm or irony. This is a form of delusion in which white people believe that they are a default and have no labeling while everything else indeed does — as it becomes convenient for them. . 3. She then, as expected, didn’t seem to find the need to put quotes around black people. . 4. The deep desire for white Americans to tokenize successful black people as a means to bury the realties of systemic racism and push ideologies of merit based achievement have been one of tools of this country since its inception. From the “happy slave” to “but look at Oprah and Obama” these efforts push to reinforce the “American Dream” to black Americans despite the structural economic and political barriers that exist in our racist society.Tokenism glorifies the exception in order to obscure the rules of the game of success in a capitalist society.” (Source: Dana L Cloud; “Rhetoric of Tokenism” ) . 5. When the discussion of racial justice and/or critique of our racist system is punctured by bringing up the cases of Oprah or Obama note that its rarely ever followed by dynamic discussion about reproducing those success in this “new and shiny system we have”. It’s however a plea to “SHUT UP AND BE GRATEFUL SOMEONE LIKE YOU FINALLY GOT SOMEWHERE” • If you enjoy learning from me consider joining me and the over 2000 other curious humans over at my donation based monthly learning platform @thegreatunlearn . Link in my bio. • Happy Weekend Ya’ll! 🌿

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Good Morning 🌞 Just another quick Saturday School lesson for you, loves. • This is a dissection of the ongoing commentary that followed the text in last weeks Saturday School post. Please see below: • 1. Dismissing the truth of what was said to insist that her wishes take precedence . 2. She is leaning on the idea that intentions hold more weight than the impact. I use what I was taught: If you accidentally step on someone’s foot, you don’t ever say “Oh stop crying that wasn’t my intention” You apologize, acknowledge the pain you caused and exist more carefully and intentionally. . 3. White people only receive racism for something “malicious”. The idea that if you haven’t lynched anyone you haven’t participated in white supremacy. Through ongoing and often dismissed micro aggressions racism has found its everyday existence in the lives of black people. . 4. She magically turns that white woman into a victim based on her “imagination” ignoring the very real and tangible hurts she’s caused and I had expressed. . 5. “Blah, blah, blah” white apathy language for “none of these things have every every factored into whether I get to survive or not in this world”. . 6. She then instructs ME on how I should be handling the racism. Have white women ever been told that they need to correct all the #metoo men in private? . 7. It is common in white fragility for white women to be infantilized — or made to be considered innocent and in need of rearing instead of accountability. This is in direct relation to the adultification of black children. Google that. Also YES my mama corrected me in public often and loudly! . 8. She closes her statement with elitism braided into an “approximation to blackness” claim that she assumes sets her up as a viable voice in the black fight for liberation. • If you enjoy learning from me consider joining me and the over 1600 other curious humans over on The Great Unlearn platform. Link in the bio. • Happy Weekend Ya’ll! 🌿

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Free bonus material • Now available over at The Great Unlearn (link in bio ) • I created this free document to guide readers through gaining knowledge of  various heartbreaking cases of police brutality and murder in the United States. • This document is to be used like a syllabi -- an introduction to the work but not the work its self.  Value to the black community is not simply in the knowledge you gain but the action you take to ensure black bodies are protected. • Tag at least three other white people and implore that they pursue this knowledge as well. • Knowledge + Empathy + Action. DO THE WORK

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May 2020 syllabus: Unlearning America’s Birth Story • To join us in The Great Unlearn you can visit the link in lit bio 🙏🏾 there is still space available.

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Our dynamic expert this month is Valerie Wade of @lynnfieldhistorical . • Her office hours will take place May 23rd at 1p EST. • Registration to join live is on the last page of the May 2020 syllabus

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Our May syllabus has dropped and I’m so excited to join you this month in unlearning America’s Birth Story. • I’m committed to celebrating and highlighting the genius of academics of color and this month the dynamic Valerie Wade of @lynnfieldhistorical will be our guest expert. Her approach to teaching us this month is incredible thoughtful and I am looking forward to you all joining us live later in the month for her office hours session. Be sure to register at the link on the last page the syllabus. • This month in Study Hall we will gather virtually for a classroom discussion on a NYT 1619 Project article that speaks perfectly to our subject this month. I’m looking forward to leading that. • If you are not already a part of The Great Unlearn you can head to the link in my bio to learn more about this donation based self learning community facilitated by @rachel .cargle over on @patreon to support you through your own self (un )learning. Knowledge + Empathy + Action is the framework we follow. We hope you’ll join us.

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Our May syllabus has dropped and I’m so excited to join you this month in unlearning America’s Birth Story. • I’m committed to celebrating and highlighting the genius of academics of color and this month the dynamic Valerie Wade of @lynnfieldhistorical will be our guest expert. Her approach to teaching us this month is incredible thoughtful and I am looking forward to you all joining us live later in the month for her office hours session. Be sure to register at the link on the last page the syllabus. • This month in Study Hall we will gather virtually for a classroom discussion on a NYT 1619 Project article that speaks perfectly to our subject this month. I’m looking forward to leading that. • If you are not already a part of The Great Unlearn you can head to the link in my bio to learn more about this donation based self learning community facilitated by @rachel .cargle over on @patreon to support you through your own self (un )learning. Knowledge + Empathy + Action is the framework we follow. We hope you’ll join us.

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