Month: August 2017

Is It OK to Hate the President?

Donald Trump before the presidency made it a point to say that it’s okay to hate the President. As a citizen, Donald Trump demonized the office of President while Barack Obama held the office. I believe he is a great example of the quote, “When they go low, we go high!” President Obama ensured that all our citizens felt safe,…

3 Ways Black Educators Protect White Supremacy Just Like This Black Cop

Many of us have seen the viral photograph of the Black police officer protecting White nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The paradox left us awe struck: A young, Black, male, police officer protecting the freedoms and the bodies of White, male, supremacists, whom believe they are superior to all non-whites, and use violence and intimidation to preserve their Whiteness. We were…

teacher sustainability

A Lack Of Self-Care Got Me Fired From My First Teaching Job

From the start of our careers, educators fall into a pit of unhealthy habits. We overwork and under-sleep. We engage in binge drinking and eating, try to balance the events of our own lives, and prioritize pushing through situations instead of productively unpacking them. Sometimes we neglect our own trauma, to help others cope with theirs. In my first semester of teaching, I…

A Dear John Letter to Education

         February 7, 2017 Dear Education, If I could reverse time back to the Brown v. Board of Education time period, I wonder would you have imagined that in 2017 children would still be treated the same way. That the same battle of the have and have-nots would continue to separate and divide us. That children and families…