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  • 1.Welcome to:Building Anti-Racist Schools:Talking about Race and Racism with Students Bianca Anderson| Dallas- Fort Worth Director, Border Crossers @bordercrossers #DisruptRacism
  • 2.Our Objectives 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
  • 3.Agenda I. Setting the Stage How Children Come to See Race Reflecting on our own experience II. Analysis Manifestations of Racism in Schools III. Application Scenario Analysis
  • 4.Community Agreements 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
  • 5.Mingle Huddle When I talk about race or racism, I feel…
  • 6.Mingle Huddle The last time I talked about race/ racism at my school/ organization was…
  • 7.Mingle Huddle 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?
  • 11.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…
  • 13.Three ways racism manifests… Institutional Interpersonal Internalized
  • 14.Institutional Racism 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 Food Deserts Redlining Stop and Frisk Media
  • 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).   Interpersonal Racism Microaggressions S School Discipline Financial Aid Assumptions Language Social Exclusion Multiculturalism Vs. Anti-Racism
  • 16. Internalized 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 Code Switching Having all the Answers
  • 17.How do students experience… Institutional Interpersonal Internalized …racism?
  • 18.Talking about race and racism provides children with an understanding, awareness and vision of racial equity and justice.
  • 19. 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
  • 20.Scenario Work Applying a Racial Equity Lens: How is institutional, interpersonal or internalized racism manifesting in this scenario?
  • 21.Scenario 1 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.
  • 22.Scenario 2 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.”
  • 23.Scenario Work 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?
  • 24.Strategy Brainstorm Short Term Breathe Affirm child Inquire Continue the conversation Intervene Apply a racial equity lens Long Term Educate yourself 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
  • 25.Closing Reflection  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?
  • 26.Thank