Do you support social justice?Are you an educator? Are you on Twitter yet? If not, with school out, there is no better time than the present to set up a Twitter account and “curate” a great list of educators and activists over the summer!
A friend of mine recently sent me a link to an article on EdWeek explaining how educators of color are using the hashtag #educolor to share ideas to create more equitable schools. It’s true, professors, journalists and educators committed to social justice are using social media to share resources and connect with others. Twitter is a great place to have conversations about race and education, ask questions and get exposure to ideas you didn’t know existed. :)
When the narrative from “both” sides of ed reform debate is “We’ll save you,” what is an edu of color to do but create their own? #educolor
— Jose Vilson (@TheJLV) April 30, 2015
Twitter might seem overwhelming to the unitiated. Nonetheless, I have found it to be a highly valuable resource. My only major advice on this is you just kind of have to get used to having your brain explode… Just accepting that you can never know all that is going on is a bit of a mind-bender, but definitely worth it. Twitter has allowed me to connect with other educators raising similar questions. I may feel “alone” in all white groups when I confront delicate issues on race. But now, because of Twitter, I’m more likely to do it because I feel emboldened by others involved in the struggle.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the hashtags and @ symbols, here is a basic tutorial put together by an educator named David Truss I follow. Here is an “Anatomy of a Tweet” from his blog to get you started :
So… no excuses! GET ON TWITTER and find out for yourself! Your experience will be a result of who you “curate” or follow. Here are some great “Tweeps” to get you started! (In no particular order.)
You just gotta LOVE #BlackTwitter… these educators and activists keep it real!
Want to hear what folks are saying related to the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Here is a list of great folks to follow with some of my favorite tweets!:
The only way to deal with true conflict is through it, not around it. Race, gender, and class included. True change requires discomfort.
— Jose Vilson (@TheJLV) June 5, 2015
This. Focused on his words, the beauty of the moment. Rather than what brings him to Charleston in the first place! https://t.co/bAPkByuItA
— Melinda D. Anderson (@mdawriter) June 26, 2015
(She also belongs in the list below!) Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Math & Tech Geek! Author, Speaker, Google Certified Innovator, Disruptor of Ridiculousness
— Rafranz Davis (@RafranzDavis) June 26, 2015
— hystericalblackness (@hystericalblkns) June 26, 2015
I will never betray my heart. Curator, connector. TFA. Educator. Bowdoin alum. Protestor. snapchat: derayderay IG: iamderay firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passionate race lecture. https://t.co/O0MogTfVxj
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 26, 2015
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) June 6, 2015
A startup with a little sophista and a little ratchet for millennials. Content + tech + culture.
The literary, socio-political, sexual, pop culture blog. Live from Bedford-Stuyvesant. Disturbing the peace in order to find it.
— Son of Baldwin (@SonofBaldwin) June 25, 2015
A community dedicated to celebrating the fullness of Black womanhood.
What would change in our society if Black folks were encouraged to arm ourselves as often and openly as white folks? http://t.co/3OoRQ2VA2G
— For Harriet (@ForHarriet) June 26, 2015
Like…how violent is this activism gonna get? Is there a bottom? Every web portal I have is filled with DEMAND to consume Black death 24/7.
— Trudy (@thetrudz) June 26, 2015
Snarky crone, mama pediatrician of da boi and partner of Mah Sweetie aka el jibaro
#tweetiatrician, subtweeter and asker of impertinent questions
I'd rather follow the doers who raise doubt than the doubters who do nothing….
— P Mimi Poinsett MD (@yayayarndiva) June 26, 2015
An uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing. Florida · DreamDefenders.org
The Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage is a step in the right direction but as @GetEQUAL reminds us, there's still work to do.
— The Dream Defenders (@Dreamdefenders) June 26, 2015
I am the stone that the builder refused…the promise of what’s to come. And I’mma remain a soldier till the war is won. email@example.com
Dispatch From Charleston: The Cost Of White Comfort http://t.co/GthmrBpVxb
— ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) June 26, 2015
(writer/editor/receipt holder.) it’s cool if you dont want to, but you’s a fool if you don’t want to.
Black teen dead in the street. (Silence) Black girl dragged by cop. (Tumbleweed) Gay marriage legal. "Wilona, iron my protest suit!"
— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) June 26, 2015
Who do you follow on Twitter? Share your suggestions in the comments below!
Ali Collins is an educator, community organizer and mom. She lives with her husband and twin girls in San Francisco, CA.
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