Monday, 11 November 2013

Who are you? Who who? Who who?


The Who's "Who are you" is a nice backdrop to the idea behind the identity continuum.
Not because it's the theme song of one of my all-time favourite TV shows, but because the background of the song suggests that it is a desperate plea from a man questioning his place in society, wondering about who people are in relation to him, which also prompts questions of self-identity.  There is reference to God and asking Him about who He is (questioning things beyond one's control I suspect) and the man in the song also states "God there's got to be another way."  This statement resonates with me in difficult times of adversity.

My old alma mater is a grammar school and has the lovely Latin motto "per angusta ad augusta" - meaning "through trials to triumphs".  But before I indulge in rose-coloured memories of those schoolgirl days (that's another post waiting in the wings), back to the topic at hand.

The identity continuum is a framework that shows the multiple identities of ethnic groups.
It is a transferable approach where ethnic groups can see the multiple identities of their people like all the colours of the rainbow (variations and shades, each bold in their own way).

Perception/perspective/opinion goes a long way into shaping who values what type of identity one holds, how they think they are being perceived by others, and how these multiple identities fare in an education system.  From a personal level, I believe that it is the state's responsibility to educate her citizens, regardless of what type of individual they are or how they are placed, regardless of how they see themselves.  This also means that the framework could be extended even further to include not just ethnic groups, but a way to consider gender too, or anything else that could be considered and pondered upon, to understand, know, appreciate and empathise with people, rather than label people for identification purposes, treating them like artefacts in a museum....

Imagine if we were treated like artefacts?  Once we start treating people like objects of the past, a memory of the current reality, we face the fear of devaluing our humanity, losing our self-identity and scrambling to construct identities that are palatable to the eyes that see us.

Who are you?  Who who? Who who?

No matter how the world defines you, have the strength of conviction to value who you are.