“We may be uncomfortable talking about race, but we can no longer afford to be silent. We have chosen a profession, which—like parenting—requires that our comforts come second to those of children.”
#BlackLivesMatter is the Civil Rights Movement of our time. What role are we playing [and I mean beyond posting or re-posting (re)traumatizing stories day after day on social media]? Is this not a time to stop business as usual and maybe replace our pre-planned curricula -at least in part- with a Black Lives Matter Syllabus? Whose permission or encouragement are we waiting for? Are we really “too busy” to rethink what we’re doing in our classrooms, really that stressed about material we “should” cover to prepare students for the next standardized test or college? What better way to prepare students than teach them how to respond to the world around us by modeling responsible citizenship?
Our students are listening, and our silence is deafening.
Why don’t we all fly Black Lives Matter flags at our schools?
Please think about your universe of obligation, your spheres of influence, your locus of control and decide on some next steps you’re going to take starting on Monday.
Me? As a department chair, I am going to have a meeting about how we as the Human Development Department will be responding to recent events. And I am going to be having some awkward conversations, I am sure, following this post. I’m open and willing to be checked when I step on toes or cross some lines. Hell, I’m open and willing to put my job on the line for being “too aggressive,” perhaps, in challenging my community to self-reflect, re-evaluate, come face-to-face with white fragility -sore spots and blind spots and all-, and keep doing the work anyway.
There’s no opting out when fellow human beings literally can’t breathe.
I am not even calling anyone out right now; as I learned at Facing Race conference six years ago, and as I keep trying to teach my students, I am calling us all IN.
We can and must do better. Let’s figure out what that looks like, and then, for the love of humanity, let’s start doing it.
Thanks for reading.
Here’s one selection from the Black Lives Matter Fall 2016 Syllabus. Enjoy.
Here are some happenings around town in honor of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month. Scroll down further to see KQED tv programs scheduled for the month.
KQED 9 / KQED PLUS /KQED WORLD / KQED LIFE PROGRAMS:
5:30am Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution
This documentary tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank Pais and Juan Antonio Echeverria.
6pm Rebel: Voces Special Presentation “Loreta Janeta Valazquez”
Loreta Velazquez, a woman and a Cuban immigrant, secretly served as a soldier during the U.S. Civil War.
10:45pm American Comandante: American Experience
Meet William Morgan, the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution.
11pm Latino Americans “The New Latinos”
Review the years when Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominicans seek economic opportunities in the United States.
12:30pm Great Performances “Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl”
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a concert of Verdi’s towering Requiem Mass.
2:30pm Music Voyager “Miami: The Magic City”
Hear the sounds of Miami’s electronic dance music sceneand visit the colorful mural district.
8pm Latino Americans “Pride and Prejudice”
Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity and growing Latino activism.
A team of scientists explores royal tombs beneath the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan.
9pm Latino Americans “Peril and Promise”
Examine growing Latino influence on American culture and the debate over undocumented immigrants.
9pm Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle — A Voces Special
The life and death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent Civil Rights era journalist, is investigated.
10pm Voces on PBS “El Poeta”
Mexican poet Javier Sicilia ignited an international movement for peace after the murder of his son.
10pm Voces on PBS “Tales of Masked Men”
Mexican wrestling and its role in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico are explored.
10pm Conquistadors With Michael Wood “All the World Is Human”
In 1528, conquistadors, dreaming of gold, land in Florida to begin their exploration and conquest.
11pm Hemingway in Cuba
Travel to Cuba to capture Hemingway’s old haunts — many of which remain unchanged — and explore his real-life adventures in Cuba.
7am The Salinas Project
The film profiles several children of migrant farm workers living in a predominantly Latino neighborhood of Salinas.
Thought I’d share this handout of a model for responding to microaggressions, which I will be sharing with the folks in my HD workshop entitled Calling in: “a Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable” in Cross-cultural Communication.
With thanks to the fabulous Elizabeth Denevi, once again, for sharing.