Beyond Tolerant - Revise and Decolonize

Beyond Tolerant - Revise and Decolonize

Through this activity, students engage with problematic statements from a series of different artifacts as a way of analyzing how dominant cultural stereotypes infect everyday discourse, then offering revisions designed to make the texts more inclusive.

Activity title: Beyond "Tolerant": Revise and Decolonize

Author: Harriett Jernigan

Course: PWR 1 or PWR 2

Activity length and schedule: Any time during the quarter; this activity would take students at least 30 minutes to complete.

Activity goals:

  • To help students practice critical and rhetorical reading 
  • To encourage students to engage in rhetorical analysis of a text
  • To increase awareness of the way cultural assumptions influence language and the delivery of ideas
  • To suggest the power of revision as part of anti-racist practices

Activity details:  Students analyze several cultural artifacts (a page from a nursing textbook; a news article; and information graphic) to uncover where dominant discourses reaffirm dominant-culture beliefs and assumptions and then suggestion revisions to make each more inclusive.

See the student-facing handout here.