Checkpoints: TSA as a Microcosm of Our “Post-racial” Society and the Need for Social Justice Education

Rajni Shankar-Brown


This reflective scholarly essay explores privilege and institutional oppression as complex and multifaceted systems that merit the immediate attention of educators. Employing the Critical Race Theory (CRT) method of counterstorytelling, personal narrative in the form of autobiographical reflection describes the social-emotional impact and immobilization from encountering recurrent injustice, discrimination, and racism in the United States. Airports are viewed as a microcosm of structural isms in society, including but not limited to racism, classism, sexism, ableism, and religionism. Collective social action and transformative education, focused on increasing understanding and dismantling power and privilege, are encouraged. With significant social disparities and inequities, the author asserts that there is a deep need for critical, humanistic, and social justice education. 


Social justice; Equity; Critical Race Theory; Classism; Sexism; Ableism; Religionism; Institutional oppression; Systemic change; Privilege

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