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July 16, 2015

Am I a Racist Teacher for Not Being 'Color-Blind'?

After a small but loud group of white teachers pushback against my Ed Week op-ed about race in education, I felt compelled to follow-up with another post that doubles down while also apologizes (but only just a little).

July 05, 2015

Invitation to Read: 'Racial Injustice is Rooted In a Lie'

Last week I particpated in a roundtable blogging discussion called "Confronting Racial Injustice in Schools" Education Week's Op-EDucation page, and it was sad and shocking to read the racist and culturally insensitive comments of some readers—especially because these people may very well be "educators."

February 12, 2015

The Dark Side of Integration: What Black Kids Learn in a White School System

Veteran education writer Peter Meyer is elected to a school board in upstate New York and, just as Dr. King did in 1959, begins to question the wisdom of putting young black minds into the hands of a white school system.

February 04, 2015

Beyond Profiling: Deepening Classroom Discussions About Race

Guest blogger and Bronx teacher Mark Anderson taught an in-depth unit on racial segregation and had to grapple with surprising feedback from his students of color.

November 25, 2014

Michael Brown Verdict and Two Meatless Slices of Bread

It's often said that "a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich," so why wasn't the police officer who was seen murdering an unarmed teenager brought to trial?

November 04, 2014

Panic, Shame, and Cuffs: An Account From an Arrested Black Teacher

When a simple traffic violation lands an upstanding teacher on her way to a prayer meeting in handcuffs, maybe there's a problem with the way we do policing in low-income Black communities.

May 21, 2014

What Did 'Brown v. The Board of Education' Ever Do for Me?

If Brown was supposed to desegregate schools, why didn't I ever get to see the benefit? Two words: white flight.

September 04, 2013

Book Review: Why We Need More 'Black Militancy' in Schools

This post originally appeared in Education Week's Bookmarks blog. By Marilyn Rhames I spent much of my downtime this summer thinking about issues of race. From various situations in the community where I live, at my school, and on the national media with the Trayvon Martin case, the struggles of b...

July 17, 2013

Trayvon Martin and the Value of a Young African American Male Life

What is the value of a young African American male life? It's priceless, of course, but you wouldn't know it just by living in the city or watching the news.

June 26, 2013

When an African American Teacher Just Feels Black

Recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the critical state of Nelson Mandela, and other news events makes one teacher re-assess her feelings about being called an African American verse just being called black.

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