Words Bare, 2018
Words Bare 2018 has had contributions from identity group Skittles in Redcar, aged between 11-16, and Trans support group Trans Aware in Stockton. The resilience, courage and humanity of the both has been truly inspiring. We have come a long way since the 1950’s, part of a radical movement. At the same time, both workshops showed we have a long way to go to reach equality and be free from prejudice.
We still live in an indoctrinated society, following a certain culture, social expectation, and a certain set of rules created by a a certain group of people. If you fit into the status quo, that’s something you don’t always think about-because you don’t have to. It’s important to stand up for equality and peace, if someone is being challenged for being themselves, we need to make sure we stand with them, by their side, in strength, support and solidarity. We need the whole of society to be part of this movement, and not become complacent. Diversity and difference is beautiful, and should be celebrated.
“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.” Doris Lessing