People of color cannot and should not shoulder the burden for dismantling the racist, white-supremacist system that devalues and criminalizes black life without the all-in support, blood, sweat and tears of white people. If you are not already a white ally, now is the time to become one.
I think that, for most of us, there are times in life when it all just feels like Too Much.
There may be some days, weeks, months, maybe even years when — for whatever reason — just getting through the day or going to work or putting one foot in front of the other feels hard. Really, really hard.
Our screens and feeds are filled with news and images of black Americans dying or being brutalized. A brief and yet still-too-long list: Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Renisha McBride. The image of a white police officer straddling a black teenager on a lawn in McKinney, Tex., had barely faded before we were forced to grapple with the racially motivated … Continue reading Racism’s Emotional Toll on Student Minds
Here’s some poetry that could also be healing for students addressing racism and Black American Identity: 1. “A Litany for Survival” by Audre Lorde Amazon So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive 2. “The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till” by Gwendolyn Brooks after the murder, … Continue reading Poetry Addressing Racism and Black American Identity