I am so tired of hearing about “bootstraps” and “personal responsibility”. Before we get into that discussion, let’s first have a talk about “redlining”.
Waking up to the #SayHerName hashtag was a brutal reminder that we cannot sit by while black men and women are murdered by our “justice” system.
Before a 12-year old took on the video game industry, you had to pay to play as a girl. Teach your kids how to fight gender stereotypes in the media.
Folks around me talk in code words to avoid sounding racist and our schools are more segregated than ever. Why I can’t talk about race with my “friends”.
Thanks to the work of Bree Newsome and countless other civil rights activists, the confederate flag is coming down in South Carolina. What’s next?
This year, I’d like to see more Visual and Performing Arts programs in our schools that celebrate the beauty, vibrance, talent and joy of the black culture. Here’s my short list of great family/school programs.
Educating yourself AND YOUR CHILDREN on dangerous stereotypes like these is the first step in uncovering implicit bias that we have all been exposed to, but it’s NOT ENOUGH. We need to replace negative images of black folks with positive nuanced representations of blacks which show the diversity of the “black experience”.
Are you an educator? Do you support social justice? Are you on Twitter yet? If not, with summer in full swing, there is no better time than the present to set up a Twitter account and “curate” a great list of educators and hashtag activists!
America’s problems with race are not just a “black problem”. As Chris Rock has said they are a white problem or at least and American problem. Healing can’t take place if white and other non-black folks don’t start talking about racial violence and injustice in our country. And the work starts with each and every one of us.–whether we are black, white, Latino, Asian, mixed, etc…
Kyemah’s picture in her prom dress was shared so much over various social media channels it was claimed it “broke the Internet!”. Seeing her image and reading her words was nothing short of inspiring.