1.Welcome to:Building Anti-Racist Schools:Talking about Race and Racism with Students
Bianca Anderson| Dallas- Fort Worth Director, Border Crossers
Enhance understanding of the how race and racism manifest in classrooms, schools and the lived experiences of students
Practice applying a racial equity lens to scenarios related to race and racism in educational settings
Gain strategies for creating racial equity in classrooms, schools, and educational settings
I. Setting the Stage
How Children Come to See Race
Reflecting on our own experience
Manifestations of Racism in Schools
Be a learner and take risks
Keep the focus on race and racism in the US
Assume positive intent and take responsibility for impact
Expect and accept a lack of closure
When I talk about race or racism, I feel…
The last time I talked about race/ racism at my school/ organization was…
One challenge I am facing in addressing race/ racism at my school/ organization is…
8.Why should we talk about race and racism with children?
Initial awareness of race begins at six months or even earlier.
Children of Color ( >5 yrs old) show evidence of being aware of & negatively impacted by stereotypes about their racial group (Hirschfeld, 2008)
Children should be “presented with appropriate – not dumbed down – descriptions of the nature andscope of structural racial inequity.” (Hirschfeld, 2008)
“Smog in the air. Sometimes it is so thick it isvisible, other times it is less apparent, but always, day in and day out, we are breathing it in.”(Tatum, 1997)
9.“Kids on Race”
10.What is racism?
A system of social structures that provides or denies access, safety, resources and power based on race categories and produces and reproduces race-based inequities.
It affects us individually, is built into our institutions and is woven into the fabric of our culture.
12.Though racism is a system, it has many manifestations.
Here are three…
The way racism manifests itself within various institutions in society. This includes the policies and practices that perpetuate a cycle of racial inequity and are promoted (overtly or subtly) by institutions (i.e. schools, government, housing, media).
School to Prison Pipeline
Stop and Frisk
15.Consciously or subconsciously discriminating against a person or a group simply because of their race.
This is usually manifested through communication (verbal or non-verbal) or actions. It occurs when those with racial privilege (White people) discriminate against, isolate, minimize the experience of or oppress those with no (historical) structural power (People of Color).
Financial Aid Assumptions
Multiculturalism Vs. Anti-Racism
An individual’s conscious or subconscious acceptance of a racial hierarchy in which White people are consistently ranked above People of Color.
It is manifested by, but not limited to, exhibiting patterns of thinking that one’s racial group is inferior (i.e. as questioning ones’ self worth based on their racial identity) or/and or thinking aspects of the dominant culture are superior (i.e. assuming Whiteness is the ‘normal’).
I Belong Here
Is that really racist?
Let me show you what is!
Owning Vs. Renting
Having all the Answers
17.How do students experience…
18.Talking about race and racism provides children with an understanding, awareness and vision of racial equity and justice.
When someone with the authority of a teacher describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.
- Adrienne Rich
Applying a Racial Equity Lens:
How is institutional, interpersonal or internalized racism manifesting in this scenario?
I am a third grade teacher, and on Mondays we talk about current events. I usually ask students to share about something in the news that’s on their mind. When it was Ryan’s turn, he tells me about how he saw Donald Trump give a speech on TV. He then proceeds to say, “He said that Mexicans are bad and that he is going to build a wall so they won’t hurt us…” Linda, who’s Mexican, gets really upset and screams at Ryan and says, “That’s not fair!” Ryan is shocked by the response and quietly says “My mom said it was true.” At this point, everyone at in the room is quiet and all eyes are on Linda.
Today in my 8th grade US History class, I introduced a unit on the civil rights movement. We talked about the marches in the 60s and the fight for equal rights then, and made connections to the current struggles today. We discussed the protests in response to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and more… and why people were marching. One student said, “Because the cops are all racists who hate Black people.” To which another student responded—“My dad is a police officer and he’s not a racist…people just need to know how to behave…it’s not always about race.”
What strategies could you apply to this situation, in short-term and long-term?
Short Term: What would you say/ do in the moment?
Long Term: How could you and/ or the institution follow-up?
Continue the conversation
Apply a racial equity lens
Talk about race and the impact of systemic racism as a community
Analyze school structures through a racial equity lens
Be proactive and build alliances
What are you taking away from today?
Where was your growing edge today?
What is one action you could put into place upon return to school/organization tomorrow?