Last week I particpated in a blogging roundtable called “Confronting Racial Injustice in Schools” on Education Week’s Op-EDucation page, and I received highly polarized responses to my post. The reaction was so stark and at times disheartening, that I posted a Part 2 (a rebuttal of sorts) in the comment section of my piece. While I welcome opposing views and food for thought from other perspectives, it was sad and shocking to read the racist and culturally insensitive comments made by some readers—especially because these people very well may be “educators.”
My post is entitled ‘Racial Injustice is Rooted in a Lie,’ and I encourage you to read it, reflect on it, and share it with others. Please also read through the comments, including my follow-up comment. You can find it, as well as the posts of four other colleagues including the dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and a UCLA professor, by clicking this link: //blogs.edweek.org/edweek/op_education/
I believe that the education and religious communities are the only sectors with enough moral authority to facilitate honest, uncomfortable but hope-filled conversations about racial inequality to blaze a trail to end this ugly reality. This is one small effort towards that end.
Thank you in advance for reading!
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