The Relearning Project

The Millennial Apocalypse’s Relearning Project: The Modern Madperson’s Guide to Societal Deprogramming

Have you found yourself wondering how to be a better privileged person in today’s society? Have you wondered how you can possibly keep hoping things will get better when you’re confronted with terrible news every day? Yeah, same. I started the Relearning Project to help me figure out how to do those things, and more. I wanted to be a better person and use my privilege for good, but I also wanted to make sure I could stay hopeful through it all. So we’ll be challenging all our levels of privilege: race, gender, sexual orientation, able-bodiedness, neuro, and more. Join us!

I originally wanted to call this the “Unlearning Project,” but that sounded strangely familiar. And as my Georgetown School of Continuing Studies (humble brag?) Paralegal Certificate That I Never Put to Use (nevermind) taught me: always do a search for the desired name of your [company/project/organization] first. If you haven’t heard of The UNLEARNing Project, LLC check it out. That’s really the reason you’re here in the first place. The Unlearning Project provides tools to help us unlearn racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. It is a fabulous resource and, as we’ll learn here, we should never use our voice to speak over others.

I don’t aim to do the same thing as The UNLEARNing Project. Rather, this is my process of unlearning and relearning. I wanted a place to be able to document the resources that were helpful to me. I’m going to share what I learn along the way in the hopes that we can continue to use this as a resource to avoid putting the emotional labor of our own education onto others. I’ll share what works for me, and look forward to learning what works for you!

Aside from The UNLEARNing Project, here are a few more resources to get you started:

  1. Read Slavery by Another Name by Douglas J. Blackmon (or check out the PBS documentary of the same name) – I’m re-reading this and will post my review of it when I’m finished, along with some of the things I learned from it. This, along with 13th, really woke up my eyes to the line connecting slavery to today’s prison labor. They don’t teach this to us in school.
  2. Watch 13th on Netflix
  3. Read NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman – I’ve been waiting to read this for months and had put it on hold at my library right before they closed for the pandemic (fair), so I ordered it to own, figuring it’s one I’d like to keep at my desk at work. It just arrived, and I’ll be reading it and posting my review! This was recommended by a colleague of mine who has autism; she said it was one of the best books she’d read to describe what having autism was like.
  4. Check out this list of 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice (some of which I’ll be discussing myself in this blog)
  5. Listen to the voices of those with less privilege
  6. Speak up when you see injustice