A high-quality, well-rounded education—one that includes mathematics and reading as well as the sciences, social studies and civics, world languages, physical education, and the arts—prepares our children to thrive in college and careers, and as engaged members of our democratic society. And yet, students of color and students from low-income families continuously are denied their right to learn because we choose, as a society, to provide them with less.
Fifty Years After Kerner, the Nation Is Still Separate and Unequal, But It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way
She is self-described as a small-town girl, ex-preacher’s wife, bisexual and African American. The cards of predictive jeers couldn’t be stacked any higher against her. Yet, having been reared in the most conservative state in the nation — Oklahoma, where not one county voted for Barack Obama in 2008 — she’s learned to recognize her own “BS”. Now, she helps others to understand and acknowledge their own BS, and the city she lives in is better for it.
In American schools, black children are less likely to see teachers who look like them, so Kandice’s role is essential for self-esteem building and cultural empowerment for her students of color.
Last week I had the privilege of sitting down with a board member who voted in favor of keeping the name out of respect for the individuals who live in the Lee District. It was one of the best conversations I have ever had in my life. We approached one another as human beings. I sat at a table across from an American who looked different from me and allowed myself to become vulnerable with the hope of reaching the heart.
The teachers have walked out demanding better pay. The students walked out demanding an end to school shootings. It’s time school parents used their collective power to demand commonsense gun laws. The current election cycle offers the perfect opportunity.
There is something fundamentally wrong with the foundation of our democratic institution when media companies are more concerned with clicks than their ability to exist as free stand alone institutions. It amazes me how so many political pundits — so-called patriots of America who love, eat, breathe and sleep the Constitution — will not speak out against this apparent covert attack of the First Amendment.
I pray that my students will be so lucky enough to arrive in a classroom with a culturally competent teacher who looks like them and is passionately and unapologetically black. And should they not land in a class with a teacher who does not share the same racial ancestry, my next prayer is that they will encounter a benevolent teacher who will love and celebrate them as I have done. I pray they will gain a wonderful pedagogue or role model who will tell them that the sky is the limit for them and that they can be whatever their heart so desires.
“Low-income minority schools are unequal because of a lack of funding and resources,” and that as a result “most minority schools can’t compete with higher-income schools.”
Today’s technologies allow us to view open and blatant acts of racism. Like reality TV, our actuality of racism is now displaying on every platform of social media known to man, which is where the waterboarding of racism begins.
Ricco Wright’s intellectual genius fans and provokes black American’s to recognize their God-given greatness and encourages them to look forward to the better days ahead.
This week was Teacher Appreciation Week, one of my favorite weeks. After all, it honors a profession that should be considered one of the most important vanguards of our communities. They have one of the hardest and most important jobs in this country and every country.
President Suzanne Schreiber doesn’t care about how black Tulsans feel, and her vote proves that.
She made me a better man, and she holds me down like I know that no other woman could. We have been through many hurdles together. She is a visionary and someone who works as hard as I do. That makes all the difference in our marriage, which always leaves room for a hopeful future as we grow older as a married couple.
North Tulsa Community Coalition partners with METCares to increase voter registration in north Tulsa
The NTCC Discrimination & Justice task-force is serving as a convener working to unite individual civic minded groups in the target zip codes to increase overall voter participation by at least 10% in the upcoming general election.
[A few weeks ago], two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks here in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a friend who arrived shortly after his friends had been handcuffed. The men were supposedly “causing a disturbance” and “refused to buy anything.”