Normally I don’t talk politics overtly on my blog. Not because I think we should be civil, I don’t. Not because there are things that shouldn’t be discussed like politics and religion, I believe we should destroy sacred cows. Not because of a lot of reasons. I try to keep this a place for me to reflect on my practice and get better so my students have the teachers they deserve. That said, when I read this Twitter thread, I was struck by how much of it could be adopted by teachers on the down low, who might be afraid to be out and open about resistance, whether against Trump, or policies that continue injustices towards students, and everything in between.
My dad was tortured by the Gestapo for 4 days and thrown in a concentration camp for being in the Norwegian Resistance. Growing up, he would tell me things he learned in the Resistance. I thought, I’m never going to need this stuff. Here’s some things of those things #Thread
— Tor Ekeland (@TorEkelandPC) June 24, 2018
Obviously this is a setup, a masterful one, whereas the reader might identify with the common complaint about studying history, why do we need to learn this stuff. It turns out, much of what his father learned in the Resistance many decades ago, still works tactically today. Click through the Tweet to see the full list and examples. I think you’ll find some you can employ if you find yourself in a vulnerable position and don’t feel safe making a public and dramatic stand. I’ll summarize them below in case it’s TLDR;
- You’re never going to win a head on battle with an adversary that’s got you outgunned.
- Resistance doesn’t have to be a dramatic act.
- Use your privilege and access if you’ve got it.
- Sometimes the best way to do things is right out in the open.
- Bide your time.
- Operate in cells to limit damage to the resistance should they take you out.
- Be very careful with whom you trust.
- Use the skills you have to contribute.
If you want to explore the ideas further, click through to see the whole thread. There’s an explanation for each one and examples. My main takeaway was:
Thousands of small acts of resistance, over time, will make it impossible for them to conduct any semblance of a normal life, and they will be defeated
— ░O░w░e░n░ ░P░e░e░r░y░ (@owenpeery) June 25, 2018
If each person who is concerned about the current state of affairs committed to just one small act each week, each day if you’ve got the time, to put some sand in the gears, to practice subterfuge, to be a monkeywrench, to slow the steamroller down to a crawl, to find one of the millions of points of vulnerability, to use a skill they have to undo something done or planned, small acts that increase their costs, increase their visibility and inhumanity of their actions, etc then we can slowly wind this thing down. As we age, we can’t all continue to be on the front lines, however we can find simple ways to apply the brakes, with no one ever finding out, and all the while carrying on our days as usual, almost. It feels good and resists the outrage fatigue so many people succumb to.Please follow and like us: