Month: December 2016

Stop Criminalizing our Black and Brown Youth

“We must maintain law and order at the highest level or we will cease to have a country…I am the law and order candidate.” —Donald Trump Classrooms are microcosms of society. Music that echoes into our streets from car stereos, politics that command our attention on television screens, humor and entertainment that we consume on our social media accounts managed via smartphones,…

Love Black Kids, and Their Black Families

Educators cannot love Black kids without loving their Black families. At times, we attempt to love Black kids in spite of their families, like Black mothers and Black fathers and Black grandmothers and Black aunts and whomever-Black-else are on a list of “at risk” influences like homelessness and food deserts. We engage in neglectful behavior. Too many of us have mastered car line avoidance tactics and call-screening, ducking our…