Children With Disabilities Have Civil Rights, Too

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When we think of legally segregated and unequal schools, we usually think of the Jim Crow system of “Black and White” schools. Most of us know from our social studies classes, that the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregating children by race was unconstitutional and that there were no […]

We Are Teaching “Black History Month” Wrong

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Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month, was very clear about the purpose and lessons that should be taught to Black, and all races, of children in schools, about Black History during the month of February. Black History was to serve educational purposes.  Carter G. Woodson, who was […]

White People: Here’s Why Moving to a “Good School” in a “Good Neighborhood” Is Racist

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Many White folks, especially northern white liberals who voted for Obama, would argue they are not racist, even while they actively cause harm to Black folks by their racist actions. Since so many people don’t know what racism is or how they are racist, here are three racist things that […]

Honor Dr. King By Teaching Students To Really Clean America’s Racial Mess

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Each year, my daughter and I give a speech at her school’s MLK Mass.  I often talk about race to adults in very direct, blunt language.   I wanted to make sure I kept my moral compass about being “real about racism” but also to have it age-appropriate and understandable […]

Don’t Integrate Schools Just to Benefit White Kids

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White progressive educators and parents, I know lots of you. And I know you think diversity in schools is important. But you all are pushing a sales job on other White parents that has harmful consequences for children of color. We need intentionally diverse schools because Black students deserve access […]

Fighting for Justice Still Kills Black People; White Allies, Do Your Share

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I woke up this morning to two stories dominating my news feed. First, the sudden death of the beloved Black congressman and justice fighter from Baltimore, Elijah Cummings. Second, enthusiastic support for the Chicago Teachers Union strike. I saw the face of their campaign, Stacy Davis Gates, fiercely handling the […]

Fellow Black Parents, It’s Time to Break the Silence About Our Kids With Disabilities

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My mom and society have taught me that it is rude to offer advice when no one asks for it. But Black folks aren’t talking about disabilities with each other, and that silence is negatively affecting our children. And, while many of us in the Black community are too ashamed and afraid […]

Cardi B Says It Loud; She Is “Black and Proud!”

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The media is all over Cardi B for making a video with democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders. People who don’t know her are quick to dismiss her as an “uninformed, uneducated Black woman rapper.” But those of us who are Cardi fans know she has always been a history and […]

Reading the Right Books, Not Just the White Books, Will Help Black Students Succeed

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Dear Black Students: I want to tell you something controversial, something different from the messages most people will give you. I want you to know that simply reading books isn’t the key to academic success, nor is it the key to beating racism and White supremacy. Here’s the truth: Reading […]