Hello Dear Readers,
It’s been a while. I actually had a request from a former student (who found my blog) to make an update way back in March, but this was the beginning of the lockdowns in the U.S. and I never found the motivation to write a post. It’s been a stressful time for me.
Then, the resurgence of racial discrimination in the news brought the issues of racial disparity to the forefront once more. Protests erupted amidst the pandemic. Difficult conversations were had. But we need to keep talking and fighting. I’ve struggled with how to help this movement. I’ve made some donations and had some conversations, but it is not enough.
I’m also learning how to handle my anger and find my place in this fight. It is important for me to keep the communication open for other white people instead of pushing them away. Believe me, it can be frustrating to try to get some people to understand. But I will keep trying. I have to.
One way I feel I can really make a difference is with teaching. I’m lucky that I’m in a state where many districts are discussing how to be actively anti-racist, even amidst the issue of schools returning to in-person learning this fall. There is so much work to do, even in 2020. It’s astounding and sad, but it’s true.
This summer, I want to consider ways I can make my teaching actively anti-racist. Two books I will be looking at are Beyond Heroes and Holidays and Using Understanding by Design in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classroom.
I am also going to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas when my mom is finished reading her copy and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander when my brother is done reading his copy. These two have been on my list for a while, so I need to get on that. I’m also looking to diversify my Fantasy and YA Fantasy reading. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin and anything by Octavia E. Butler are my next reads.
Finally, I’m not perfect and I’ve made mistakes. I’m working to continue growing and learning, and I hope you will to. Here are some resources I’ve found to be helpful:
Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter.