Who is standing for our Black kids?

Some of the most enjoyable moments for me over the past 2 years have been spending time with my nephew and niece. They are the cutest and funniest kids. Even when they’re mischievous, they’re still hilarious. Seeing and interacting with them made me look at the world differently. I now wonder how they will fare in today’s society as they get older. As they matriculate through the education system, what will their experience be?

My niece, Khloe

I recently read an Education Week article written by Bettina L. Love titled, “How Schools are ‘Spirit Murdering’ Black and Brown Students”. In the article, she cited many instances of mistreatment toward Black and Brown students. From blatant cultural appropriation to racial insults to physical assault from a teacher to an 11 year old, our kids are experiencing things that will forever be etched in their minds.  I can’t imagine enduring those things at such a young, impressionable age. This is a period where they should be learning of their culture, history and how to be viable citizens of this world. Instead, they are subjected to psyschological and mental abuse from the people who are supposed to be in place to teach and direct them. 

My nephew, KJ

These things absolutely terrify me when I think of my nephew and niece having to enter today’s school system. Education is vitally important and it has become very obvious that racist white people are threatened by any Black person with education, ambition, and pride. Before the time of segregated schools, there were NO schools for Black kids. This shows that their goal for years has been to stunt the growth of our kids during the formative, elementary years and keep them beneath in every possible way. Furthermore, that is evident in the development of the school to prison pipeline and underfunding of predominately Black and inner-city school systems today.

With the importance of education, I know that there is literally no way around this education system. The only option is to teach OUR kids OUR history and make them aware of their rights and the importance of and appropriate time to stand up for themselves. We must protect our Black kids!

What are your thoughts? Have your kids had any of these types of experiences in school? Let’s have a conversation…

6 thoughts on “Who is standing for our Black kids?

  1. Parents and other concerned people need to be on their guard, the “programming” has already started with our youth from birth. By the time they enter pre-school it gets solidified and refined through out all years of public education. The current curriculum is extremely detrimental to black kids and any other kid outside of white. Parents should be vigilant and speak up as often and as long as necessary. However, the real goal is to surround their kids and themselves with like minded people to give their kids the tools to see through the programming as early as possible. They will need the skills to know when and how to confront the implicit and explicit anti-blackness inherent in American society and especially in public education.

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    1. I absolutely agree AJ. 100%! If we don’t rally the proper people around our kids at home, they will follow what the administration at the school system has downloaded to them.

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  2. I never had children, but I do remember the blatant racism, humiliation, racial slurs, exclusion, violence, and crazy childhood growing up in an all-white neighborhood. Not having seen a black child in person, we were a living spectacle until they got used to us. Even though it was upper-class, I experienced some of the most hideous forms of racism … alone during the 1960’s/1970’s. So, I experienced part of Jim Crow. As a child, I really didn’t understand why we had to piss on the side of the car while traveling halfway across the country to hook up with our father in the South. White-only bathrooms at gas stations, restaurants and motels!

    Only 2 black children in grade-school (just me and my sister), 2 in Junior High until I was in the 9th grade (then 4; me, my sister, a girl and her sister), and 2 my first two years of High School (back to me and that girl). There were thousands of children in my Junior/High schools. The last semester, I transferred to a public school and graduated early, because I was tired of wypipo and being singled-out for all kinds of crap. I didn’t even get to go to a prom, because the white kids were afraid their friends would call them a n-word-lover! Because I graduated early, I all but forgot I could go to the prom and just showed up high out of my mind to walk across the stage (LOL). Can’t make this stuff up, and my parents never had “the talk” with me. My mother was fierce, and most people in my hood knew not to mess with us. Teachers had to be hammered with what NOT to do with her children; my father was on the road a lot as the ultimate provider. He was home for a couple of incidents, but mainly it was our mama. Money couldn’t buy away racism, though; not for the children in school!

    I definitely didn’t get a true sense of self, I was shy, but I was smart enough to be very observant. So, when I grew up, I got very good training in the Air Force, then started my career as a veteran. I won’t write a book here, but let’s say that the education I did get helped me compete in the job-market. It still took decades for me to realize the damage my childhood had on me, to end up Black-and-Proud, and the beat goes on. We are a traumatized people, whether we realize it or not. Dr. Joy DeGruy knows it and so do I!

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    1. I appreciate your truth. I couldn’t imagine enduring the things you saw as a child! I’m only 32 and school for me was VERY Black but I was very much aware of the injustices and mistreatment toward us. Wypipo… They can really be a bit much! LOL Thanks for sharing your story!

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