Knowledge is power and when we fail to recognize the existence of these inequities in the education system, we lack the competence to be able to adequately address existing issues, and the issues continue to persist. To eliminate inequity, we have to recognize America’s past regarding race, meaning we have to come to terms with it, including how it’s affecting our children today.
Time is money. This is a common saying most of us have heard. On the surface, the phrase simply means your time has value. Looking deeper, the saying implies that your time could, and should, be spent making money. Otherwise, you’re losing out on potential earnings. But why should we prioritize money?
I remember the moment I realized what it meant to feel black. It wasn’t when I first moved into the dorms in the crowded summer of ‘17 and was the only black person in my suite. It wasn’t when I started attending smaller classes and would be the one of the only black people in the room.
By Eliana Alicea After a particularly difficult day of programming, one of our volunteers criticized the students’ restless behavior, saying she would’ve “thrown them out”…
We have failed at listening. We’ve failed at listening to victims of racism, to the racist utterances of our family members, to the hateful words and photos we see posted online. Though we may hear and read these things, we have failed to comprehend what they reveal about the people they come from.
“Or, the wrong guy has found me,” I say.