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  1. COMPLETELY anecdotal, but the Ekeh family came from Nigeria about 15ish years ago. I heard about them because one of their sons was accepted to EVERY Ivy league school around 6 years ago. I remember reading or hearing somewhere that the parents started their careers working at Target, so they didn't exactly start in an advantaged economic situation. However, I don't know what kind of support they may have enjoyed, and clearly they lived in a middle class neighborhood by the time of the following video... LOVE this short clip about their family!
  2. Coleman Hughes is a VERY young black intellectual who I'm sure discusses the cultural differences between Nigerian and black Americans. Here he is about 3 years ago talking about the differences between immigrants from the West Indies and black Americans. I'll try to find somewhere he addresses African immigrant communities if I can. The entirety of the interview is fascinating to me, but this link jumps to directly to that point of the conversation.
  3. If you like Wilfred Reilly, he's been on this for quite awhile now. Here he is covering much of this ground earlier this year...
  4. Found this interesting and, if Krystal and Sagaar are correct, quite worrying... Proposal for personal SMS messages to be monitored and censored by fact-checkers?
  5. Sorry about the links - left for vacation the next morning and won't be back home for almost 2 weeks... All of the selections in the summer 2020 reading list were taken and subdivided from this overall list: Anti-Racist Resource Guide, compiled by Victoria Lynn Alexander.
  6. I usually prefer to consume podcasts/videos/audible books, but have not personally read/listened to Kendi's work. I can neither confirm nor deny anyone's take on him, but I will admit that other black intellectuals I listen to have caused me to steer away from him. Here's a portion of last summer's recommended reading list for the voluntary administrator/teacher book club: Starter Kit Intermediate Kit Topic Specifics
  7. Side note: I don't do movies in the classroom - but at the end of the year grades are finalized several days before the last day of school; I do like to show my students the movie Spare Parts. Highly recommend it if you haven't seen it... I'm a science teacher in a predominantly Hispanic immigrant community, so this is right in our wheelhouse. If you're not familiar with that movie, it's based on a true story about undocumented students from Arizona who formed an underwater robotics club at a high school near Phoenix around 10 years ago, and entered a national competition against robotics clubs from premier institutions of higher education (MIT, Stanford, etc.). It also presents relatable real life conflicts that some of my students and their families face. My biggest concern is that it might hit too close to home for some, so I do try to be on the lookout for those kinds of issues. I'm not trying to put anyone through a traumatic experience. At the end of the movie they show the real life students and what happened to them after the competition. Many of my students are floored that it's not JUST a movie. It's bitter sweet and amazing at the same time. It moves me and some of my students to tears, and hopefully provides inspiration to overcome all sorts of obstacles in education and in life.
  8. This is where we were at last summer as well... The potential difference this year is that we now have a paid district CRT committee. I don't know for sure what that will mean going forward, but it certainly increases the possibility that we will be implementing some form of curriculum going forward. I honestly don't :know: that it will happen, or even what it might look like.
  9. I am a junior high school science teacher, and didn't personally receive a book. It was an Ibram X. Kendi book for adults, so this would have been for teachers. They may have been for the members of the CRT curriculum committee or possibly for social studies or language arts teachers. There were a number of check out duties to perform on the last day of school, so I didn't have time to ask questions. I expect to know more when we return in the fall.
  10. I've witnessed this as well. In a community where education is HIGHLY valued, I would spend an inordinate amount of time having to deal with helicopter parents. Where I teach now, the challenge is getting more parents to partner with me and increase academic and behavioral expectations for their children.
  11. An official district wide CRT curriculum committee was formed this Spring; anti-racism books were being distributed to some educators at the end of the end of the school year. I :think: we will be implementing some form of CRT in the classrooms beginning this fall. I don't :know: exactly what it will look like, but I have concerns...
  12. I am also a teacher; > 99% of my students would be considered poc. The rare white kid found in my district does NOT find themselves in an "oppressor" or "privileged" role. The handful that I have taught over the years have come from deeply impoverished situations, and have had to endure uncertain/unstable and frequently dangerous home lives (for reasons that have NOTHING to do with their melanin deficiencies as far as I can tell). I didn't teach any white kids this past year. Some (too many) of my students, regardless of skin color(s), come from situations that no child should EVER have to deal with; it makes me want to cry myself to sleep some nights. I don't believe in playing favorites or showing preference amongst my students. I try to make sure that every single one of them knows that I care deeply about them and will make every effort to help them, partner with their families, and encourage them to learn and to grow into the best possible version of themselves. My highest achieving student this past year, for whom I have a HUGE soft spot in my heart, actually asked me if I could be her dad; it just about broke my heart...
  13. Full disclosure: Dr. Robert Malone has both recovered from Covid AND is fully vaccinated. Yours truly, has NOT been infected with Covid, but has been fully vaccinated for well over three months with virtually no obvious persistent side effects. I am NOT an anti-vaxxer, my son has not been vaccinated, my daughter has been vaccinated, and I'm a bit concerned about long-term consequences (mostly for my daughter). Novel and/or broad solutions applied to complex systems often yield unintended consequences in my life experience...
  14. Dr. Robert Malone cautions against children and young adults being vaccinated, and CDC suspects that those under 30 appear to be more susceptible to heart inflammation after vaccination. mRNA inventor says young adults shouldn't have to get COVID vaccine The CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical Work Group said Wednesday that there is a 'likely link' between rare heart inflammation and vaccines, especially after the second dose in adults under age 30 Young males were up to seven times more likely to report heart inflammation, known as myocarditis, than young women
  15. Dr. Robert Malone (inventor of mRNA vaccine technology), warns that the spike protein is toxic; it doesn't stay localized in the cells that take the injection, but instead travel around the body and freely in the bloodstream. Inventor of mRNA Technology: Vaccine Causes Lipid Nanoparticles to Accumulate in ‘High Concentrations’ in Ovaries Politifact, who once declared the lab leak hypothesis "a pants on fire lie", now claims that those who issue such warnings are making false claims... Politifact RE: lab leak hypothesis on September 16, 2020 Honest question, inventor of mRNA vaccine technology or Politifact, who should I believe?
  16. Latest advice from the WHO I don't believe the safety of novel mRNA vaccines is settled science at this point in time - at the very least - where it pertains to children, neither does the World Health Organization...
  17. It's difficult to overstate the volume of narratives projected by social media/MSM/Big Tech/academia/etc. I have a suspicion that "the left" isn't really coalesced around a singular position, and that our perceptions are being twisted by the loudest voices - NOT necessarily the most numerous ones. Also, I don't believe that a majority of Americans are on board with perpetuating injustices/inequality/racism, or that the notion of personal agency is just a myth perpetuated by "the right". I think the truth is that we really do have a heck of a lot more in common with one another than differences (especially within the context of American ideals/values), regardless of politics. The temptation is to dismiss others out of hand and refuse to see anyone outside of your preferred tribe as profoundly "other" and not worthy of consideration. Conversely, the challenge is seeking to understand before seeking to be understood, and then working from common ground/shared values/etc. to do the most good.
  18. Two liberal intellectuals, who care deeply about social justice, discuss some of the objections to anti-racism/CRT mindset (and possibly a more holistic approach to effectively deal with systemic racism). Racism and problems in policing, CRT in schools, pursuing truth, and rigid partisanship are discussed...
  19. https://www.npr.org/2017/05/12/527806002/focus-on-infants-during-childbirth-leaves-u-s-moms-in-danger It looks like this is a real problem within the U.S. healthcare system that hasn't been adequately identified and addressed. I have to give NPR props for seeking to shed light... The solution?
  20. Just finished watching Free State of Jones on Netflix, kind of a Father's Day/Juneteenth Weekend movie event. Pretty interesting and relevant to the kind of history lessons that I'd love to see explored. It's a movie, so there's a bit of Hollywood. However, it's about as faithful and sensitive a treatment as you could reasonably hope for imho. Highly recommend if you haven't already seen it, or if you have teenaged or older children to share it with you. I would not have a problem with high school students watching it (need parental permission for those under 17). Definitely presents a fair and heartbreaking history lesson at the same time.
  21. A holiday to celebrate the end of slavery must rely on a somewhat arbitrary date, because there are multiple dates we could have selected. I don't have any inherent problem with June 19th, 1865 for that date. Mainly, I feel that way because we didn't already create a holiday (i.e. for emancipation proclamation, ratification of the 13th & 14th amendments, etc) to celebrate this MAJOR accomplishment. Similarly, July 4th, 1776 is an arbitrary date. For example, we could have gone with the ratification of the constitution amongst others to celebrate the founding of our nation. My point is only that since we failed to choose a date to celebrate ending arguably the worst injustice perpetrated in American history; we don't really have any justification for quibbling about it now. Therefore, I don't feel the need to oppose Juneteenth being selected for that date. IF it was really all that important which date we should choose, then we shoulda/coulda/woulda have done it already. I think that ground has already been ceded, and that the positives outweigh any potential reasons for disagreement about this.
  22. Fair enough. Betcha if we decided to seek to understand before seeking to be understood, and if we really wrestled with finding some common ground, we could do some serious good tho!
  23. I don't blame you for feeling pessimistic - but I think America has made amazing progress. It's just that the noise from social media and those pushing narratives that seek to divide and pit us against one another drowns out the positives. I'm optimistic that if we continue to attempt to live up to our ideals we can build off that positive progress, figure out how to come together in bipartisan ways, and ultimately navigate through the challenges that face us today. Americans in all of their flaws have demonstrated the ability to come together to deal with crises in the past. I thoroughly reject the notion that we can't do the same again...
  24. LOL Any holiday to improve American history education and to celebrate the end of slavery is fantastic!
  25. I DO agree with the original poster on the need for an honest approach to history, and to shed light on racial injustices. I don't believe that CRT is the appropriate vehicle to fill this need.
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