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First-year educator BXMSTeacher says he doesn’t mind being the only black literacy teacher at his school. But he does mind when other teachers assume that his race gives him an advantage:

Specifically, it bothers me because some of my white colleagues tend to use that as a kind of "fall back" when trying to explain to me how I have such an easy time teaching. ... I have been trying to tell people that I have been struggling and screwing up left and right.

It's safe to say we've reached an unconstructive level of racial consciousness when a teacher has to beg to get his faults noticed.

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