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On life, self-worth, Rodney King, and getting along.
By Artnelson Concordia. I just know that at some point in Black and filipino girls childhood I surrendered to a lifetime of suggestion that my role in this so-called great American society would be peripheral. Ironically, today I find myself front and center in reconstructing the telling of our national story, a re- telling that highlights the contributions of people of color to the development of America. In my personal life, I am the father of four brown boys and have the responsibility of preparing them to push back against the messages I grew up with that would as them second-class status.
In my professional life, after 17 years teaching high school social studies, I am now tasked with leading the development of a high school Ethnic Studies program for a major metropolitan city. My journey to this point has not been straightforward. When I began to earnestly reflect on my life, I was able to make important connections between myself, my family, my community, and other communities that live at the intersection of injustice and inequity. I hope that by sharing my reflection, people can glean some valuable lessons for themselves. It had been burning all week. People were indignant.
Martin Luther King, Jr. In the hopes of hushing some of the upset, Rodney King was brought in front of news cameras. He spoke for maybe 10 seconds, barely able to look into the cameras. As I watched LA burn, the answer, clearly, was no. How do I raise my family to be a part of the solution?
How do I equip my sons to engage in the work to help change this world?
I have come to know parts of the answer. That knowledge and love of self are paramount to our survival, for example. And that this knowledge of self is the first step toward co-existence based on mutual respect.
Fortunately for my family, we are part of a community of families, scholars, organizers and change makers.
That's not all they said. Race is a social construct. We should guide our children to explore all the intersections race, class, gender, sexuality, et al of who they are, so that they can come to know and love themselves. From self-love, they can move towards getting to know and appreciate people who are different from themselves. That self-love can, to some degree, inoculate them against the array of institutions that would have them believe that they are worth less than others are.
This work with our children must be a priority. To wait, or, even worse, to be silent, le to normalizing injustice. Furthermore, this work should be an ongoing endeavor and not just a one-time thing. Below are highlights of the insightful responses I received, including some specific strategies that these parents use with their children. See the reflections in their entirety here. Of course, not everyone will have the same level of comfort implementing these suggestions. But, by all means, start. You will eventually meet many great people doing similar work and who can push your practice and thinking.
In the ignorance of my youth and mis-education, I thought perhaps King got what he deserved. Ultimately, my answer to the question is a critically hopeful, yes, we can get along. At least the vast majority of us.
But we need to ask many other questions. Questions that lead us to understanding root causes. Questions about whose interests it serves for the majority of us to be at odds.
A synthesis of responses and some useful tools Race is a social construct. Use literacy as a resistance strategy. Use popular media and culture to make the discussion concrete for our children and for ourselves. A parent shared this clip from a recent episode of the television show, Blackishwhere parents have an impassioned discussion about police killings of unarmed black people. Challenge prevailing historical myths that lead to confusion and miseducation. For example, examine Thanksgiving through the perspective of indigenous peoples. Learn about acts of solidarity among racial and ethnic groups in opposition to racism, like the Student Strike at San Francisco State University led by the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Frontwhich ultimately led to the establishment of the first-ever College of Ethnic Studies.
Stand up against injustice. Do so especially if it does not directly affect you. We need to model a culture of allying with the oppressed. Organize at the school level to confront racism and injustice.
Create parent groups that collectively study and discuss matters of injustice and build community. Help kids develop as thinkers, rather than telling them what to think. Reflect on our own lived experiences. Begin to draw connections between our experiences and the larger systems and institutions that have harmed us, including schools, the media, and law enforcement. This can be difficult to do. But we have to do that work if we are to support our children in navigating and challenging racism and injustice.
Your public library, local museums and community events are great learning spaces for children. Artnelson Concordia Cafetero…Teacher. Anak of my Mama, Papa. Among other…. More Resources.Black and filipino girls
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