Organizing for Change: “Salt of the Earth”

In many ways, Salt of the Earth brings together nearly all of the issues we have discussed this semester: that ways that gender, race, and class shape our lived realities and our placed in society; the value we place on domestic versus public labor, the ways in which our very institutions, including the law, often serve to reinforce and maintain these social constructions, reproducing patterns of privilege and oppression.

But the film also shows the creative ways that men and women have worked together (though not without challenges) to change both their personal and public lives. Earlier in the semester, Tax told us what it takes to move from false to revolutionary consciousness. In the film, note how the characters move one state of being to the other, and how they inspire others in their community to think in a more revolutionary way too.