People are calling for more accountability of charter schools when traditional public schools have been allowed to fly under the radar for years. I mean, don’t we want accountability for all schools?
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Bates first became motivated to write as a coping mechanism to deal with a traumatic experience he had as a child at age 10. It was an unfortunate moment where he became the witness, nearly, losing his father. The encounter traumatized him to the point of muteness, but that moment, also, triggered an inner force, he had no idea he possessed — a love for the creative arts.
On Tuesday at 9 a.m., teachers will hear from Tulsa author and historian Hannibal Johnson, who has written extensively about the Greenwood District, Black Wall Street, and the Tulsa Race Massacre. Johnson is also a contributor on the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.
Productive conversations around race are nearly impossible unless the inexperienced-party or individual decides to risk it all by moving out of their comfort zones and getting proximate with those experiencing adverse issues — in this case, with community members who have experienced negative encounters with Tulsa police officers.
“There are aspects of the race massacre, even as its hundred years old, that are present today, and we’re all hoping together to make something that can both bring Tulsa together, but also move it forward, and frankly, move everyone who visits this experience, forward,” Barton explained to the Centennial Commission leaders and Oklahoma Lieutenant Matt Pinnell.
The harder you work, does not mean you’ll get what you deserve. It only means you’re working to potentially get what others were given.
“The students and community are excited. They’ve waited for years to have a facility that is up to par with the rest of the city. Every time I go somewhere, from the barbershop to the grocery store and department stores, everyone is always asking me, ‘Is it ready? When is it going to be ready? I can’t wait.’ I show them a few pictures, and they say, ‘Man, that’s great. That’s cool, man. I love this! This is going to be great!’.”