White People: Do the Work
As a follow up to this post, The Racist in the Classroom, I offer these resources that may help you grow and learn. Growth is uncomfortable. Growth can be filled with shame, guilt, and cringe-worthy memories. But maybe that’s just me. And I understand and accept what Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi said (paraphrasing) –this work is never done. It’s continual growth and learning. And warning: you might lose friends. You might get trolled by white ladies like this one:
When we impeached this president, we warned that he was a dictator in waiting.— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) June 2, 2020
I believe now what I believed then: this president is a threat to our democracy, our families, and to us.
*Stares in slavery* https://t.co/zTNWTxQOKm— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 2, 2020
Here’s the next places on my journey:
- Finish reading White Fragility: at this point I’ve pieced together too many excerpts and need to do a deeper reading
- Readings and study with critical race theory
- Work with Monise S. on our indigenous studies
- Work to find a multitude of resources to support my students and organize them to promote engagement, curiosity and purpose
- Create curriculum for staff and students: some have already been doing this work, and some are just starting on their journey. I’ll meet them where they are.
- Dig deep into STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING by Dr. Kendi
- Share a post-a-day about a resource or voice that must be heard
First assignment: understand Trump’s use of sacred religious texts and teachings to prop up and disguise his racism and violent, anti-democratic acts. Two places to start:
- He did this for a photo-op and gassed citizens in order to do so: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/us/politics/trump-st-johns-church-bible.html
- Understand how White Europeans used religion to justify their use of enslaved peoples.