While yes, technically, legal segregation is over, New York City remains one of the most segregated school systems in America. In fact, we are more segregated today than schools were during the start of the integration movement. We also have a rampantly racist President in office who recently referred to Haiti, El Salvador and all the countries in Africa as “shithole”, but we can sit wherever we want on a bus so, you know, everything is alright and Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has come to fruition.
The comment sections of these post are filled with people who think like Young Hollywood’s and serve as a reminder of how Latinxs often times ostracize their own and favor fairer skinned children, relatives and actors.
I’ve written before about fear of black rebellion and how it manifests in our schools. The knowing, or NOT knowing about the 1811 Slave Revolt (as it is commonly known) is directly related to this reality in our work as educators.
While doing this and experimenting with varying classroom structures to improve the discussion, one student’s statement last week in a fellow teacher’s class hit home, “Miss, why yall tryna make us angry? Ya’ll tryna make us hate white people?”
Now – as Malcolm X would say, “Before you come askin’ if I teach hate, ask yourself, who taught you to hate yourself?”
Despite the clear dopeness that existed; authors, commenters and friends of mine kept saying it was weak. That Joyner Lucas needs to try again.
Actually Damon Young’s post in The Root stated that Lucas needs to “ read a book.” Although, I did have the above issues with the video Joyner doesn’t need to “read” anything, to get it.
This article, Are White Female Teachers to Blame for Pushing Black Children Through the School-to-Prison Pipeline brings ups so many good points
I hope you see the value of solidarity in tumultuous times like these. Meek isn’t the perfect victim, but often times young men of color never are but honestly people, WE ALL WE GOT!