Daniel Ramirez Medina was arrested despite registering under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. He’s suing the U.S. government for violating his constitutional rights. Read on here: DACA Recipient Sues Government After Being Detained by Immigration Authorities | The California Report | KQED News
#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? (UPDATE with better questions: What would it take for our schools to be able to fly the Black Lives Matter flag knowing we were doing the flag justice, that it was not just an empty symbol without any institutional support? What would have to happen at our schools first before we could put up that flag in good conscience?)
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.
Such an amazing resource! ==> A History of Racial Injustice – Equal Justice Initiative
The irony of the school’s name, though…Source: North Carolina students threatened with suspension for wearing African headwraps | theGrio
Happy Black History Month!
Throughout the month of February, you can see my Black History Month-related posts here: https://diversityequityinclusion.wordpress.com/category/black-history-month/
Did you know that Frederick Douglass advocated for intersectional feminism long before the word “intersectionality” existed in civil rights/social justice conversations? He was the only African American at the Seneca Falls Convention and argued that ‘Right is of no sex” and that woman is “justly entitled to all we claim for man.” (Not surprisingly, “white feminism” also existed in his time.)
“I would give woman a vote, give her a motive to qualify herself to vote, precisely as I insisted upon giving the colored man the right to vote; in order that she shall have the same motives for making herself a useful citizen as those in force in the case of other citizens. In a word, I have never yet been able to find one consideration, one argument, or suggestion in favor of man’s right to participate in civil government which did not equally apply to the right of woman.” — Frederick Douglass
Source: article by Ta-Nehisi Coates (from 2011) — Frederick Douglass: ‘A Women’s Rights Man’ – The Atlantic
Revealing moments in black history, with unpublished photos from The New York Times’s archives.
“I’ve been wrestling with talking to you about some things I think you need to know. I’ve wrestled with it because I feel my own sense of shame– shame that I didn’t know or understand these issues before they touched my family. I’ve felt fear that you’ll respond in subtle ways that make it clear you aren’t safe for my child. I’ve been concerned that you won’t believe me and then I’ll feel more angry than if I hadn’t said anything. But my son is getting older and as he transitions from an adorable black boy to a strong black man, I know the assumptions about him will change. And I need your help in keeping him safe.”
Read the rest here: To the White Parents of my Black Son’s Friends | A Musing Maralee