Racial Sensitivity in Schools
March 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
I found this interesting video on CNN regarding a mother’s concern for racism against her son whose teacher told him to read a poem “blacker” and was singled out on numerous occasions to explain to the class regarding his race. It’s appalling still that teachers in their position today still reinforce racial injustice. It makes me angry to hear that a teacher would single out an African American student and ask him to read a poem regarding slavery in a “slave-like manner” and when he asked her if that was what she thought Black people sounded like, she reprimanded him. Parents and school administrations need to be sensitive and alert to the teachers coming in to educate a diverse ethnic group of students. If Jordan had not spoken to his mom about this, the psychological consequences would have been grave. Teachers are entrusted with the privilege of educating our future generations and as parents and proponents of an equal world, we need to be aware of racial issues and also be involved with the school to educate teachers in racial sensitivity.