Tagged with unteaching racism

When Does it Start? How does it End?

When Does it Start? How does it End?

Last summer after Mike Brown was shot, I did not write about it. After writing about Trayvon Martin here, here, and here (oh, and here), I felt guilty for not giving Mike Brown’s death words–my form of an offering–but I felt frozen.  I had watched the YouTube video of Eric Garner (which is beyond horrible, … Continue reading

Dear Trayvon,

Dear Trayvon,

Dear Trayvon, I never knew you and I never will, but I feel like I knew you. From all I have read about the person you were before you were murdered by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, you sound like many of students I taught here in Brooklyn, New York. Your story could have … Continue reading

My Work is Done.

My Work is Done.

Oh, my poor neglected blog. I have missed writing. I have a running list of everything I need/want to write about, and this list gets tackled NOW. It’s hard to walk around with these ideas circulating in my head; they begin to insert themselves, compose themselves, and become themselves at very inopportune moments, like when … Continue reading

Unteaching Racism

Unteaching Racism

A few years ago, the ESL teacher at my school cleaned out her library and gave me a bunch of her books. They were all children’s books that her high school students, although they were English Language Learners, refused to read because they looked like children’s books. Since these books had been bought for a … Continue reading