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Tag: Education

Whose Streets: Screening and Discussion at OSU-Tulsa

An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it followed by an in-depth discussion with Dr. Sarah Morice Brubaker  and Reverend Dr. Eric Gill.

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Outraged on R. Kelly, but missing outrage over Black, White performance gap

When I saw the publicly displayed outrage on social media from Black Americans, concerning musical-artist R. Kelly’s predatory behavior and I White homeless man’s assault on a Black Mc Donald’s employee, I simultaneously thought about why the same communal disapproval of America’s abysmal educational treatment of Black students hasn’t been equivalently shown.

A black teacher’s prayer

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.

History often​ repeats itself,​ but we must fight for better days

People, who are usually white, often tell me that I am too obsessed with race. In fact, I have even been criticized and compared to a race fanatic. Notwithstanding those allegations, I will always believe that systemic racism is a facet for today’s illiteracy curse plaguing the multitude of Black children some one-hundred-fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation — the epoch, in American history, that lead to the appearance of Black liberation. However, I, now, reckon the more significant problem stems from an aristocratic class of Americans, one-percenters — mostly white — who do not care about people of color nor poor White people. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all of us —Black, Brown, and White — to participate in that extension of democracy granted to the masses by the few decent, human beings among the upper classes.