Dear white family and friends, fellow white people I don’t know, white-identified people, and non-Black people in general, receive this in the spirit with which it is offered. I want to help you navigate the moment we are in. Let’s accept and acknowledge that the fires we see burning now should be emblems of our […]
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At the end of last year, I gave birth to my first baby. V is smart, happy, + beautiful. The future for V is beaming with possibilities + will most definitely be filled with the love of parents, grandparents, family, + friends. In addition to all of this, racism has a hold on my newborn […]
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Decolonizing Education. It brought you here today. It prompted you to wake up early on a Saturday when you have other commitments and obligations. It will prompt you to engage with other educators today on why and how we must shift the way we teach, think, and act with even our youngest babies. Decolonizing Education […]
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On June 30th, 2017, Natalie Zwerger, the Director of the NYU Center for Strategic Solutions, sat down with 3 parent advocates and activists to explore the complexities of school integration. Barbara Gross is a Principal Associate for Community Organizing and Engagement with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. She is a White woman and mother. […]
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On Saturday, January 28th, 2017, Shaun King, writer and civil rights activist, wrote this on Facebook, “Today has been, without a doubt, one of the most despicably inhumane days in my lifetime as an American citizen. Grievously inhumane. This day will go down in history as a deeply unethical, unnecessary, unconstitutional day of pain and […]
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Van Jones categorized it as a whitelash. Jay Smooth tells us hate won. For those of you who are writing on Facebook: “How could America do this? How could this happen?” #wakeup. This has been happening. Generations of “America’s racially antagonistic foundation, history, present, zeitgeist, and legacy” (Young, 2016) have brought us to this moment. […]
Read more "Shock and awe: Two emotions. Neither of which we should feel after last night"
A recent Pew research study found that 67% of white social media users do not post or share posts about race or racial issues on their timelines (Anderson and Hitlin, 2016). Rather, white social media users are more likely to see posts related to race and race relations, but the social media interaction often ends […]
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“They’re afraid of the truth” was the statement uttered by former President Bill Clinton in his condemnation of Black Lives Matter protesters at a recent campaign rally for his wife, Secretary Hillary Clinton. A statement which so ironically and poignantly captured what critics of his 1994 Crime Bill have been claiming for the past 20 […]
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“Otherness has been part of my identity for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a predominantly White town with little to no diversity outside of myself and my family gave me pause as to who I was meant to be as a person. I grew up believing that White was right and […]
Read more "Not everything you see can be yours to take: From recolonizing to decolonizing"
Racism lives and breathes in the halls of our schools. Scratch that. It lives and breathes in us. We are- White, Black or Brown- complicit in the system if we are not fighting against it. We feed it power each day that we don’t take steps to dismantle it. There are individuals who design messages […]
Read more "Racism is down the hall and we allowed it in"