The Fall 2019 Racial Imaginary class, led by Helen Rubinstein, produced a collaborative public-facing manifesto for their final project. What they’ve created has power, and the First-Year Writing Program invites you to read their work. Here’s one of the manifesto’s declarations:
Humans are humans—not stereotypes or archetypes or symbols or tools or fuel or set pieces or cargo or playthings or prizes or numbers or objects for our work. We will allow humans to speak for themselves, as individuals. We will work to center the power of those whose narrative agency dominant histories have sought to erase. In a world like ours and a time like this, this seemingly simple act of rehumanizing is revolutionary.