Bonus Book Blog 1: Between the World and Me

Let's be honest, this blog is going to be strange to write and probably even harder to read. It confronts the inequality and social injustices that are rooted deeply in the way our country has developed and evolved.

And honestly, I don't know what the heck we can do to re-write history.

First off let's address educational segregation. That is the form that I see most often in my life, and you may think I'm crazy, but I'm not.

Today I taught 73 students, one of whom was not African American, from a failing school in my city. Educational segregation exists because neighborhoods and schools districts exist.

We all know educational segregation has been illegal since 1954, but it is a perpetuation of our society. To experience what are deemed “fair” populations students would need to be bused from middle class neighborhoods to economically distraught neighborhoods and vice versa. The New York Times recently ran an article titled “Course in Manhood for African-American Boys” that I found to be so fascinating. Some school districts are setting up classes that allow African American male directed classes. 

 “While lower grades focus on the stories, legacies and images of black people, high school students take a deep dive into African-American history and culture, from ancient civilizations to the civil rights movement to contemporary media. All classes are taught by black male instructors whose own experiences and perspectives provide a multidimensional understanding of the students they mentor (in Oakland, as elsewhere, more than half the teachers are white and most are women).” 
- Patricia Leigh Brown, The New York Times 

This line though... just this one. 

“Think of it as #blackmindsmatter.” 
- Patricia Leigh Brown, The New York Times 

I want a world where my son does not receive a better education simply because we live in an upper middle class section of our city, but a world where all children receive a proper & fair education because all children deserve it. Do I pay more to live in this neighborhood so that my son receives the best education possible, yes. Absolutely. Should I even be able to discern what schools in my district are "better?' Not for a second. 

Read the New York Times article as a companion for the the book of the week, Between the World and Me.  Next blog we will chat about violence, policing, and mass incarceration. 

Happy *Heavy* Reading everyone! 

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