Sunday, August 7, 2011
Neutrality is just being what the system asks us to be."
Myles Horton, the founder of the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee and a legendary figure in progressive organizing and adult education, is one of many who have critiqued the act of claiming neutrality, which he described as "an immoral act." Neutrality, he said, is "a code word for the existing system. It has nothing to do with anything but agreeing to what is and will always be - that's what neutrality is. Neutrality is just following the crowd. Neutrality is just being what the system asks us to be."
Myles Horton and Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990), p. 102