A Red State Counternarrative: Review of Eric Blanc’s Red State Revolt
Keywords:teacher movements, redfored, teacher activism, red states, conservativism, agency
Eric Blanc's Red State Revolt is an important work concerning the recent teacher strikes in the United States. In his text, Blanc merges his experience as a participant-observer in the RedForEd movement with interviews from various organizers in order to consider what drove the recent explosion in teacher activism while simultaneously suggesting important lessons for social struggles. While valuable in many senses, Blanc's analysis, however, is also limited. Due to his focus on distilling "lessons" for other organizers, as well as devoting significant space to what he refers to as the "militant minority" of the movement, his scope is necessarily limited. In this essay, I seek to confront these gaps int he text by mobilizing my own experience as a teacher-organizer in the Arizona #RedForEd movement in order to consider what perhaps lies beyond Blanc's analysis. In doing so, I hope to forward a counternarrative which can help advance understandings of "red state" teacher mobilizations.
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