Teach for America’s “Alarm Zone” for White Educators

Preface As a teacher, I believe that the general public experiences a level of concerning comfort when criticizing educational policies or teachers in general. Society conditions us to believe that teachers are the most docile and intellectually feeble among us, which manifests in think pieces and memes with the punch line that classroom educators aren’t … Continue reading Teach for America’s “Alarm Zone” for White Educators

What happens when NRA members are treated like Muslim-Americans?

After attending the March for Our Lives in DC and posting an article with pictures from the protest, I was curious to tap in to social media and learn more about this cyclical debate. I find it increasingly hard to internalize and understand the opinions of those who oppose gun control. Once again, I attempted … Continue reading What happens when NRA members are treated like Muslim-Americans?

The Worst Kind of White Ally

I participate in a book club with fellow educators in which we read and discuss We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This group is diverse with respect to race and professional titles: administrators and teachers and support staff share their thoughts openly. Last week's meeting brought attention to a variety of white … Continue reading The Worst Kind of White Ally

3 Reasons Why White People Deny White Privilege

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

What To Do When Your Boss Says Something Racist

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

Does Your Body Language Express Racism?

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?