Here’s what I’ve learned, and why I did it.
Structural racism involves the cumulative and compounding effects of an array of societal factors including the history, culture, ideology, and interactions of institutions and policies that systematically privilege white people and disadvantage people of color. See a timeline here: Structural Racism Timeline – ERASE Racism
How school leaders should embrace conversations about race and other insights from bestselling author Beverly Daniel Tatum: Why All the Black Kids Are Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (Q&A)
From January 2016.
This is from a year ago, and it feels important to post it once again today.
“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.”
The first thing I noticed about this article was “Interesting choice to use Ben & Jerry’s font!” Then, I glanced at the URL and realized the article I was reading was on the Ben & Jerry’s website. I can’t think of a better excuse to go out and get some Ben & Jerry’s. 🙂
Yes, systemic racism is real. And people of color – African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and other minorities – face it every day. We still have a lot of work to do, America. The good news: by speaking up about it, you can be part of the solution.