Author: Shamar Knight-Justice

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…

Georgetown Law Study: Black Girls Viewed As Less Innocent Than White Girls

A few weeks ago I wrote an article titled “Let’s Be Honest, Schools Aren’t Safe Space for Black Girls” that further illuminated issues that some people were already aware about, but also generated a visceral response from people that thought the article was inaccurate, overly sensitive, over-exaggerated, and biased. People wanted more proof. Welp. Here’s more proof. Check out the recently…

Betsy Devos doesn't hold states accountable.

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Give a Damn About Your Kid’s Civil Rights

Politicians, principals, teachers, and parents have to work together to create schools that are inclusive and safe for all students, and protects their civil rights. The Department of Education is failing to make this commitment. The NY Times recently reported that an official memo released by the Department of Education’s revealed that the department is cutting back on the number of civil rights…

Sade Dike author of The Rubric Book

She Earned $250K In Scholarships. Now She Wants to Tell You How to Do the Same.

Sade Dike is changing the landscape of college affordability for thousands of high school students across the country by providing “The Rubric.” She knows from experience. She amassed over $250,000 in scholarships. We’ve observed similar success stories that have gone viral in recent years: Deonte Bridges, the valedictorian from Booker T. Washington High School here in Atlanta, earning over $1 million in scholarships; Ariana Alexander in Chicago…

Unfair discipline policies against Black girls

Let’s Be Honest, Schools Aren’t Safe Spaces For Black Girls

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” –Audre Lorde People’s ignorant and reckless fantasies of Black girls are dangerous. We cannot continue to spectate nor diminish the traumatic experiences Black girls are enduring in schools across the nation. Black girls being bullied by their peers and dismissed by school…