I have been thinking a lot about the inherent racism that my life is seeped in lately. Mostly because I do not face racism. Sexism yes, but racism, no. Mostly because I see the news and I am dumbfounded, saddened, and outraged. Mostly because I am a witness to how my students are treated outside of our school and the lives that they have. I am merely a witness but I don’t want to just witness anymore. I want to stop being a part of the problem and become part of the solution. But I don’t know how.
So when I see an infographic like this from The Sentencing Project
Or when I hear a Podcast like this “The Problem We All Live With” from This American Life and I shout at the radio at the injustice of it all, I cannot help but wonder; what can I do? Or more importantly, what can we do as educators? What can I do as a white educator who does not live this every single moment of my life? What will change in our classrooms so that we all become part of the solution rather than a continuation of the problem? How do we stop racism from flourishing rather than disappearing?