Thank you for that.... I was compelled to respond to and never respond to open forums like this.What I am loving about this time is the more open conversations with my colleagues in my local community and now across the US. I appreciate your honesty- we are all bias if we are honest. It is brave to understand our roles as we work with children and families.
Thank you so much for your response. I really appreciate and respect your ability to be vulnerable, to search yourself, and learn. I agree with everything you wrote. As a white person I've had to learn to explore what whiteness means in our culture. White people, which I understand you are not, are brought up to believe we don't have a race; race refers to other people. Most of us are never told this explicitly; the messages are in everything around us. That's a mark of systemic racism. Racism is not always obvious--it can be insidiously subtle.When I first began to think about and educate myself about race I read about the experiences of Black and Native people in this country. That was important but it's only been the past 7 years or so that I understand that I need to look at whiteness and what it means in my life. Reading and listening to white activists like Tim Wise and Robin DiAngelo, as well as Black activists like Bryan Stevenson and Monica Cannon-Grant, has helped me in exploring my own implicit racism and recognizing and responding to it when it surfaces. It's a continuing exploration and I'm glad that educators are bringing it up here. Thank you for your words, and to Tonya for the original post.To those who claim not to see color I share this graphic, which was sent to me without attribution, so apologies to the original creator:
Thank you for your words. I love that what you said about not being taught about race because it refers to other people. It is so true!! I am grateful for my sisters love and patience, but most of all for her love and willingness to teach me. When in reality she could have gotten bitter and angry and held me at blame for something that I innocently didn't know. I wish more people had that disposition of teaching instead of hatred and lashing out.
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