It’s a shame that it’s necessary and it is (still) an outrage that justice has eluded Tamir and his family and community.
This article was published in 2015. It’s still relevant, though the numbers have certainly changed.
It will take all of us (some of us kicking and screaming) to make progress on our intertwined justice goals – environmental, racial, economic, etc.
“We must bring to the table an understanding that we don’t have to agree on every political issue to work together towards building a better future for all of us.“
The is a lot here and it will take some tonne to go through.
“Implicit Bias is the process of associating stereotypes or attitudes towards categories of people without conscious awareness.”
I’ll let Robin DiAngelo explain (from her article No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy” in YES! Magazine):
White supremacy captures the all-encompassing centrality and assumed superiority of people defined and perceived as white, and the practices based upon that assumption. White supremacy is not simply the idea that whites are superior to people of color (although it certainly is that), but a deeper premise that supports this idea—the definition of whites as the norm or standard for human, and people of color as an inherent deviation from that norm.
I am at the beginning of working on my own responses (external and internal) to white supremacy. I’d say that Teaching While White looks like a promising program. If a teacher (or any adult, really) is willing to be open and doesn’t freeze in fear of “doing it wrong” — a reaction I’m trying to root out in myself — it can lead to greater understanding and, hopefully, personal and societal transformation.
One of my favorite comments was, “But, Elizabeth, I don’t get it. If this started like almost 200 years ago, why would someone STILL think it was OK to do this after they had been told it was bad?” And then one student concluded, “I think blackface makes white people look bad.”
My thoughts exactly. But then I said, “Well, maybe they didn’t learn about all this when they were kids.”
Gasps around the circle.