Moving The Culture Podcast Episode 1: Let The Kids Live Pt 1

Welcome to our first episode of: Moving the Culture Podcast with your hosts, Khalilah, Erin and Vincent. In our 1st episode titled: Let the Kids live we discuss operationalizing friendships between Black and White people, Politics in the Classroom: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and This Week of Oppression in Schools: How do we teach slavery […]

Citizen: An American Lyric

I remember being in college and missing three days of class in 4 years, never asking for an extension on a paper or assignment and always being the first one to submit my portion of a group project. I never wanted to be the one blamed for a grade reduction because my work ethic was not just a reflection on me but on any and every black person who would come after me.

This is not new rhetoric for black people. We are always concerned about recommending other people of color for positions because if they’re late one time, we are afraid that that lateness will cause all of us to be investigated.  We have a healthy amount of paranoia because there’s no such thing as being too paranoid.

112 years later and we still ain’t move

That prior to integration Black people understood that the only people coming to save us, were ourselves. After integration, after losing control of our schools, our churches, and our businesses, we became totally and fully dependent on the same group of people who spent centuries enslaving us.

Now, the hardest thing for Diasporic people to do, is to build community. And I’d argue that the most resistant group of people to build a true community are Diasporic educators.

Getting a group of Black educators to physically show up to a physical location and join forces in order to work towards the liberation of black folks…without receiving per session for it or even worse, if they have to pay…oh my…this is probably one of the biggest challenges facing CREAD as we plan out our Professional Development and Networking calendar for the upcoming school year.