Visiting professor talks of education as resistance

By Maria Isabel Cubillo

 “If we get stuck in the fear and pain, we can not move forward,” visiting professor Dolores Delgado Bernal said, who spoke about resistance that leads to social justice.

Delgado Bernal, a professor of education and ethnic studies from the University of Utah and a visiting professor at  California State University, Los Angeles, spoke to students about types of resistance and how more effectively seek social justice yesterday at the G3 Foyer.

Delgado Bernal said Trump has signed 90 executive orders that have gone mostly unnoticed because of a focus on the meddling of Russia in the election.

Delgado Bernal said we sustain resistance by finding hope. She calls this concept transformative ruptures. Transformative rupture is a moment, experience or interaction that gives hope in resistance.

“The idea of transformative ruptures is looking for those moments of hope such as a successful march, a change in a policy, raising a family member’s conscious. Transformative rapture is acknowledging the small victories, particularly with what is happening in the country, because we are seeing a push back on civil rights,” Delgado Bernal said.

Delgado Bernal’s graduate thesis was about the 1968 Chicano Blowout marches. Her thesis classifies resistance into four types: self-defeating, reactionary, conformist and transformational.

Resistance comes in different forms because the source of motivation tells whether resistance is self-defeating versus conformist and transformational.

Transformational and conformist resistances are motivated by social justice. Conformist resistance does not have a critique of social opposition.

Conformist resistance supporters want to work within the system, not try to change the system, Delgado Bernal said.

Self-defeating and the reactionary resistance are not motivated by social justice. Self-defeating resistance has a critique of social opposition, however it is self-harming because it recreates the oppressive environment that the anger stem from .

An example of self-defeating resistance is a student dropping out of high school because the counselor place them in the wrong classes, Delgado Bernal said.

Resistance can come in two forms: external and internal, Delgado Bernal said to the audience. External resistance includes overt actions such as a hunger strike, a march or a sit-in, Delgado Bernal said.

Internal resistance is the behind-the-scenes work that needs to happen in order for external resistance such as a march to run smoothly, Delgado Bernal said to students. Delgado Bernal said women in the 1968 Blowout marches pressed manuel carbon copying machines to create the flyers that connected the students at the different high schools.

Today there is a rally at the Los Angeles Community College District board of trustee meeting from 5:30 p.m. up to 10 p.m., Sanchez, member of ELAC Students for Political Awareness, said. The rally is held at 770 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.

“Trustee [Andrea] Hoffman took the initiative and wrote a stronger resolution that has the students’ demands. We want to get the other board members to hop on board,” ELAC SPA club member Genesys Sanchez said.

The Coalition for Social Action, ELAC Students for Political Awareness and the Delloro Program put together the event.

Nadine Bermudez, faculty and organizer of the event, said “Education is the cornerstone of democracy.”  She shared an emotive anecdote about her granddaughter Kiara and whether Kiara will be accepted in society.

Attendees were given a flyer about House of Representative Bill 610. Bermudez said the bill seeks to privatize the education system.

A t-shirt with the word “Resist” and two autographed books were raffled. Delgado Bernal was presented with gifts from ELAC students and faculty.

GRATITUDE—Visiting Professor Dolores Delgado (left)
receives gifts from students Angelica Aguirre and Oscar Cruz,
the student leader of the Coalition for Social Action, yesterday
during a talk about different forms of resistance. C/N Dorany Pineda

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