[Content Warning: abuse, violence]
In primary and secondary schools in the Caribbean, students are often subjected to vast amounts of psychological and physical abuse. Yet, if you say this and look back on your education with less than adulation, you are chastised. It’s as if you broke some unspoken code, to sweep the abuse under the rug and as is the typical course in our society, protect the abusers from criticism and ultimately, accountability.
I’ve written in the past about how violent disciplinary methods disproportionately target blacker students from poor backgrounds. And I’ve written about how physical violence disproportionately targets male students in our schools. I’ve also taken the time to identify the definitions of both psychological and emotional abuse in previous posts. If you need a refresher, please take one before you continue reading.
This week for this blog, instead of writing about resort tourism, I’ve decided to create a video about the subject. Sometimes I can organize my thoughts better on camera, so I hope you find this video both informative and succinct.
Thank you very much for watching and be sure to leave your comments on this blog post or on the video.
Hello everyone. Check out this chatty coffee time video of annoying things that people say to writers. Yes, this may not be exclusive to writers and yes, you may be guilty of saying some of these things. Don’t take it too seriously! But, if you are a writer or if you can relate to this video on any level, I hope you can enjoy it. Thank you.
Respectability politics refers to the ways we as a community police ourselves and attempt to align ourselves with what the mainstream deems as appropriate rather than challenging the mainstream for refusing to accept us as we are. Respectability politics lead to statements like “pull up your pants if you want respect” or “stop sagging your pants”. This can also be applied to situations where people suggest that women should cover up more if they want to be treated with respect.