Tagged with Black History Month

How to Teach the N-word

How to Teach the N-word

The longer I live, the more questions I have and the more I want to understand race in this country of ours. I have always thought about race relations a great deal, but once I started teaching in Brooklyn issues of race became my daily lived experience. I spent 11 years as the only White … Continue reading

28 Reasons

28 Reasons

I really, really hope all of you out there were able to catch the Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit/video for Black History Month that aired early this month. Titled “28 Reasons,” it’d be a great source for tomorrow, February 28th, the last day of Black History Month: I about died laughing and of discomfort when … Continue reading

Stupid White Privilege Revelation

Stupid White Privilege Revelation

I have written about white privilege before, and I am sure I will write about it again and again. It’s a hard topic to understand, especially if you’re a white person who grew up in a middle class family and always considered your other (mostly white) better-off friends to be the privileged ones while you … Continue reading

American Icons: Malcolm X

Tonight Adam was working his shift at the Food Coop and I was home with the kids. I was on track for an on time bedtime with the house all cleaned (that’s GOOD–when all is clean and kids are in bed and done at 8:00–that’s gonna be a productive night!), but then I made the … Continue reading

Black History Month: “X” and Sam Cooke

Black History Month: “X” and Sam Cooke

I always feel torn about relegated “months” of appreciation. Historically marginalized groups should be recognized within curriculum–I have no argument with that–but I also believe that a well-constructed curriculum should explore many races/groups throughout the entire year in conversation with one another. The, “It’s February so everything we read needs to be by a Black … Continue reading

Happy End of Black History Month

Happy End of Black History Month

I feel slightly ashamed.  February is over and I didn’t post a smidge about Black History Month. I do have issues with there being “months” for Black History and Women’s History, but I got so accustomed to designing and planning all my curriculum around such months for 10+ years that I have felt some  guilt … Continue reading