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?
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.
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…