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Re: pledge of allegiance/add on to Madafo

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Jarsawyer_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Jul 27 2002 - 10:32:11 PDT


This pledge conversation has turned into a much more important conversation
about racism. This conversation is always difficult but we have to bring it
up front and talk about it. This is a great forum for these conversations.
I hope people don't find it so difficult that they ignore it.

White privilege has allowed us to ignore/not see the social constructs that
we (white folks) have constructed to our ongoing benefit. Because we don't
HAVE to see it, we still think we are living in a system of meritocracy --
when really the playing field has never been level.

I urge and encourage my white teacher friends to read the books I mentioned
before, to have open HONEST conversations with black friends, to go to a
conference on white privilege, to read "Why are all the Black Children
sitting together in the cafeteria?" (is that the correct title) to read the
article "Unpacking the invisible backpack", lots and lots of articles on
equity in the classroom, etc.

This is, to me, the most urgent issue in education today and we can't be good
teachers today and in the future; until we understand white privilege and how
to achieve equity in the classroom.

Enoch Page at a conference said, without fail, every one of his white friends
has ultimately disappointed him. I don't want to disappoint my black friends
-- I want to stand up for what is right and most important in education.

I'm not a great speaker or writer but welcome comments on or off line.

Julie Sawyer

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