Tyler Pollard interview with Henry A. Giroux.
Interview by Tyler Pollard from the McMaster Center for Scholarship in the Public Interest. The interview was part of the 2013 Summer Institute “War on Youth.”
Dr. Giroux dicusses how youth have been retranslated from a social investment into a liability. This is particularly true for low income youth and youth of color.
Children are taught that their purpose is to consumer, and at the same time to treat oneself as a product.
There is a merging of schools and prisons from schools becoming part of the “pipeline” into the prison system, to modeling themselves after prisons with growing police presence in the schools.
In a supposed “post-racial society”, there is now a blindness to the issues while the effects of racism become both more visible and more insidiuos. All we need to do is look at incarceration statistics and the growing wealth inequality.
We are losing an understanding of why the social contract is important to society – particularly democratic socieities.
Racism is becoming normalized.**
There is a hardening of the culture that deadens empathy and is accompanied by a “floating sense of responsibility” – one that does not “anchor” anywhere.
Youth are inculcated into social media and commercialized intrusion into their lives. The so-called public space is accessed.
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