Thoughts by: Danielle Smith
As the First-Year Engagement Coordinator in the Center for Community Learning, Danielle Smith works collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to design and implement community engagement opportunities for first-year students. An educator for more than a decade, her work in higher education focuses on first-year students and students in transition, including teaching first-year seminars focused on engaged and transformative learning.
Inequities in health care; exploitation of black bodies; slavery
In the story, African-Americans are enslaved and slaughtered so their skin can be grafted onto the skin of white people to increase their tolerance to the sun. While this plot may seem far-fetched, the fields of medicine and science have a long history of exploiting communities of color in the name of research and “progress.” Beyond the ethical implications of the act of “skinning,” what does the important role of African-Americans’ skin suggest?
“Octavia’s Brood” (Walidah Imarisha’s YouTube playlist, including commentary and interviews from the editors and various authors)