Jan 28, 2015
commented on RockCreek's Response to My Criticism of Their Hiphop Brunch: "This Is Actually a Celebration of Struggle"
If a person truly wants to invest in "the struggle", they do so under the direction of the struggling. The only successful avenue for White people to join in said struggle, and participate in moving us towards a more just and equal society, is to realize that they can never, ever fully understand what being Black in America encompasses. So fight the good fight, but know it is not YOUR fight. When the march is over, white protesters can still walk through Bartell's without being followed, reach for their wallets in a traffic stop and not get shot, dispute a transaction without being pegged as aggressive or dangerous.
Dudes a douche. No Rock Creek for us.
Mar 2, 2013
commented on Seattle High School Teacher's Race and Social Justice Curriculum Suspended After Parent Complaint
I am the parent of a Center School graduate and a Center School Junior. Jon Greenberg is an amazing instructor, and many of the Center School students I am acquainted with (all between the ages of 23-26 presently)credit the social justice curriculum at Center as a formative, positive contributor to their lives- academically, socially, and personally- after high school.
During my older daughter's time with Jon, there were definitely grumblings from 1 or 2 (Center is a very small school) parents who felt their students were "being made to feel badly about being white" and a few about feeling a 'gay agenda' was being pushed. At that time I was a member of the parent board, very active at the school, and present sporadically in many of the classrooms. At the time, I am now somewhat chagrined to admit, I treated those people like I treat folks who quote FOX news- tried to politely explain that I had never experienced any adversarial or 'blaming' language' connected with the curriculum, ENCOURAGED THEM TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE INSTRUCTOR AND/OR PRINCIPAL to discuss their concerns, and then ignored them.
Frankly, the appalling part of this situation, for me, is not that someone had an issue - discomfort is often not easy to work through, and dull witted people are everywhere- but that the district acted on ONE complaint without EVER enforcing their usual policy of insisting that conversations take place first at a school level.