SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
Photo by Nathan Edwards; Photo outside Farmer John's slaughter house in LA.
This is the second blog post in a 3-part series. They can each be read independently, but they do connect together. You can find them here: [First post], [Second post]
When we look at the macro scale of human civilization, it is easy to become lost in the idea that we are insignificant compared to the sea of thoughts, progress, pain, and love in which we collectively exist. We often feel like the actions of a single individual can make local change, but when an injustice exists across nearly every facet of our society, we too quickly succumb to the belief that we cannot make any significant difference.
Photo by Nathan Edwards
This is the second blog post in a 3-part series. They can each be read independently, but they do connect together. You can find them here: [First post], [Third post].
Many of us have seen undercover footage inside slaughterhouses, animal farms, and transport trucks on the news or social media. For a moment we heard those animals cry out for help into a hidden camera, often worn by an activist trying to expose the truth behind these industries. I had seen countless hours of this type of footage before witnessing it with my own eyes. If it disturbs you when someone pulls up a video of pigs outside a slaughterhouse, then imagine what it’s like to stand next to them as they are marched to their death with no chance of escape. Imagine, if only for a moment, how you would feel. Then, imagine how they feel.
Photo by Nathan Edwards
This is the first blog post in a 3-part series. They can each be read independently, but they do connect together. You can find the other blogs here once they're published: [Second post], [Third post].
The purpose of writing these blogs is to apply the knowledge I’ve learned from working on my degree in persuasion, to the goal of saving as many lives as possible. It is also to share my journey as an animal rights activist. The information and skills I have learned at SIU has helped prepare me for effectively communicating on behalf of other animals and inspiring people to re-evaluate their own relationship with the animal kingdom.
The Communication Career Council provides Southern Illinois University Carbondale students with career-ready skills training and job preparation in business communication and organizational communication. Because we are preparing ourselves for the workplaces of the future, we try to stay ahead of workplace trends. Therefore, when Covid-19 came onto the scene and led to cancellation of classes and in-person meetings, we thought to ourselves— “no problem!” We'll just keep using Microsoft Teams.
by Brent Palmer
In this, my third and final installment on communication and race, I will be using Ijeoma Oluo’s book So You Want to Talk About Race once more, in order to discuss the chapter, “I Just Got Called a Racist, what do I do Now?”
Talking about race is a difficult task. Race is rarely talked about outside of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and February in primary school, meaning an everyday part of communication on race is lost on many Americans. When brought up in history books, some issues can be recontextualized to fit the broader narrative that keeps society the way it is. This narrative, when critically reviewed, is a part of a white power structure, that privileges white people over people of color. Many people call this white privilege, but this systemic construction of power against people of color is also a definition of white supremacy, also encompassing the idea of a racial (white) state.