By nature of being a white person, there was a point in my life where I was unaware of race. I don't mean this in a youthful and naive sense but in the way that white people move through the world constantly being affirmed. As a teenager, I probably would have agreed that we live … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why White People Deny White Privilege
Dear WPS, After a meeting yesterday, my boss was talking about he was driving through a certain part of the city and several teenagers were running through traffic and doing wheelies on their bikes. Based on the areas he mentioned and some of the things he implied, it was apparent that he was talking about … Continue reading What To Do When Your Boss Says Something Racist
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This is a roadmap of the conversation that follows every time I state that I’m a teacher to a person I meet in a bar, Lyft driver, a family friend, or just about any American adult. Person: What do you do? Me: I’m a teacher, I teach at a charter school right now. Person: Oh … Continue reading 5 Engaging Questions to Ask Teachers
A study from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine found that doctors often used the same words when speaking to their black and white patients, although there were striking differences in their body language. When a white patient displayed sings of pain and plummeting vital signs, doctors would stand by the right of their … Continue reading Does Your Body Language Express Racism?
Today students and staff from Parkland will return to their school site after taking several days to process the events of the school shooting. I spent my morning commute deep in thought about this visit to campus and the feelings it must conjure. I've been an urban educator for three years, serving in communities in … Continue reading Wanting To Arm Teachers is Inherently Racist
I was raised by an intersection of white and Catholic communities, often finding myself in spaces saturated by people belonging to both groups. My hypothetical religious resume boasts a baptism, confirmation, and a degree from the only United States educational institution founded by Catholic bishops. In these spaces I have found that the religious conservatives … Continue reading The Parallels of White Fragility and Catholic Piety