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
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
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
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?
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
In the past few years, I've witnessed a litany of white people discussing their white privilege, ranging from Macklemore's song, Emma Watson's letter to her book club, and Ashley Graham's public acknowledgment. While these steps are progressive in their own right and certainly preferable to denying the fact that white privilege exists, they do not … Continue reading Ten Signs You’re a White Liberal Racist