Mica Pollock, editor of Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School, calls on educators to develop an “everyday consciousness” about the relevance of race in schools. Be aware, ask questions and “keep inquiring,” says Pollock, who is the director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence at the University of California, San Diego.
Pollock offers four questions as a starting point for assessing and addressing institutional racism in a school setting:
"What I learned in my grade school days was so sugary sweet that I graduated with the belief that America was the savior of the world and that Slavery was a blight caused by a few bad people wiped clean by the heroic Abraham Lincoln."
"When I got into college and began to take history and philosophy courses, I started to wake up. Some of the required books led me to read other books that opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of our history and the unfolding America. Beyond that was the enlightening accounts of human atrocities across the globe throughout history."
"...the way to a more united and equal America is by less separation and more conversation..."
via @NacagawaScot; "The Race Files publication of Pakou Her's My Racial Trigger: Raising Brown Babies sparked an unexpected debate about white pride. In particular, this video got the ire of one Race Files read..."
samantha tesner's insight:
… I that whites always want what others have. ‘We’ have done this for centuries, throughout history, claiming land that was not ours to claim, claiming knowledge and skills inherited from others and claimed it was our own. Lawdy Lawd, during Apartheid no-one referred to a white person as (usually preceded by ‘an’) African (for example).yet come 1994 white people were clamouring for the right to be called “African”; to say to a white person now “you are not African”, causes as much hysteria as the word “racist” does
Then it was the “white history month” that ‘we’ wanted and then “Hey black people have the N word so we also want our own special word (cracker)”; and now, lo and behold “black people have black pride I also want white pride” *rolling eyes*.
Lady you can want white pride as much as you want…but this is one thing you cannot have. Because and I hate to be the one to break it to you but “you have nothing to be proud of” .
You see, “black pride” is the celebration of a culture, a history, a people and language. One that has not been built on the pain and suffering of another and one that holds no hatred/prejudice, one that does not exclude another (or it would be “black supremacy”). Whereas white people simply have not learned the meaning of the word 'proud' and if there is any celebration of whiteness *smh* it involves discriminating against those who are not (and more often than not trying to force others to be). Hence "supremacy" not "pride".
… what’s that you say? You’re just proud to be white and want to celebrate that and you do not exclude anyone because you’re not prejudiced right? You want to celebrate your language, your culture, your history, and white people… *thinking*. The same white people who forced a people into slavery, forced a people off their land, deprived a people of the right to be educated in their own language? The same white people who have tried for centuries to erase the history of a people? Have black people ever done this to white people? No? One is “pride” the other is “supremacy”.”
via @Moorbey "By Aisha Harris Detail from a photograph featured in White Like Me Media Education Foundation Do you become annoyed anytime a person of color writes, tweets, sings, or speaks about racial inequal...
"After spending two hours on Aubrey Masango’s Radio 702 show Talk@9 this week, fielding questions and accusations around my views on racism and attempting to explain white privilege to white callers, I decided to write an extensive guide to recognising white privilege, borrowing from..."
When a white mom asks MyBrownBaby.com's Denene Millner why she should teach her son about race, the African American mom explains why skin color matters to black folk—and why it should matter to her, too.
When somebody points out that you've said or done something racist, perhaps something that hurt them personally, the game-changing response is first to understand that your intentions are not the centerpiece of the interaction.
"If I call you racist it does not mean I think you belong to the Klan or use the n-word or hate black people. It does not mean I think you are evil. It does not mean I am trying to pick a fight. But...
via @JulianAbagond "Here are some things White Americans say that seem odd, offensive, arrogant, ignorant and so on. Maybe it is just me. Commenters can offer their own opinions and examples. Those with links have pos...